IEMed awarded a grant to analyse what pushes young people towards violent extremism

19 December 2019 | Corporate news
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A research project led by IEMed will analyze it to improve prevention.

Focusing on young people between the ages of 12 and 30 from the Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans, the project will analyze seven potential radicalization factors (religion, digitization, economic deprivation, territorial inequalities, transnational dynamics, socio-political demands and educational, cultural and social opportunities), according to three levels (transnational, community and individual) to determine their interrelationships and specific weight.

Through an interdisciplinary team made up of 14 partners from the region, an innovative methodology will be applied that involves, in addition to universities and think tanks, civil society actors and local authorities in order to recommend, based on the results of empirical research, tools and measures for the prevention of violent extremism that can be applied both in the countries under study and in the European Union.

CONNEKT (Contexts of Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies) is a project funded by the EU, within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program, with a budget of 2.9 million euros and a duration of three and a half years.

The consortium, led by the IEMed, is made up of the following entities:

American University Cairo (AUC)

Generations for Peace (GFP)

Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication (JFRC)

Université Moulay Ismail (UMI)

University of Sarajevo (UNSA)

Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED)

Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MANU)

Islamic Youth Forum (IYF)

Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD)

Free University of Brussels (ULB)

Center for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, Austria (UNI-GRAZ)

Rovira i Virgili University (URV)

Euromed Cities Network