Report Launch and Photo Exhibition – Journey to Extremism in Africa

The growth of violent extremism has set in motion a reversal of development gains on the African continent and threatens to stunt prospects of development for decades to come. The United Nations Development Programme UNDP estimates that more than 33 300 Africans have lost their lives to violent extremism from 2011 to 2016, and millions have seen their livelihoods affected through displacement or loss of a breadwinner. With these developments as a context, UNDP Nordic Office, FCA and the Peacemakers Network welcomes you to the Helsinki launch of the Journey to Extremism in Africa report accompanied by a the vernissage of a photo exhibition of the survivors of violent extremism in Africa.

May 4th, 2018
15.00-17.00
The National Museum of Finland

REPORT LAUNCH: JOURNEY TO EXTREMISM IN AFRICA
Incentives, drivers and tipping point for recruitment

PHOTO EXHIBITION: SURVIVORS
Stories of survivors of violent extremism in Africa

The Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study aimed to generate improved understanding about the incentives and drivers of violent extremism, as expressed by recruits to the continent’s deadliest groups themselves. In the course of the research process UNDP reached out to former members of violent extremist groups such as Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and IS, creating the largest database of its kind. Based on hundreds of interviews with extremists, this first-of-its-kind study pinpoints key factors triggering decisions to join violent extremist groups in Africa.

To learn more of the report, visit: www.journey-to-extremism.undp.org/en
To read the full report, click here.

The photo exhibition ‘Survivors’ will be on display in the National Museum of Finland 4-18 of May. It seeks to shed light on and amplify the voices of those who often suffer in silence. The survivors’ diverse religious, ethnic and national backgrounds highlight that violent extremism is a shared burden, and one that humanity as a whole must respond to. ‘Survivors’ is a collaboration between UNDP and the Swedish-Eritrean photographer Malin Fezehai.

To register for the event, visit: www.eventbrite.com

Programme:

14:45 Arrival and networking (with coffee and tea served)
15:00 Welcome words by the Foreign Minister’s Special Representative on Mediation, Jutta Urpilainen
15:05 Presentation of ‘Journey to Extremism in Africa’ by Mohamed Yahya, UNDP Africa Regional Programme Coordinator
15:30 Finnish reflections and Reach Out programme by Finn Church Aid
15:45 Panel discussion with Mohamed Yahya/UNDP, Milla Perukangas/Finn Church Aid, David Korpela/MFA, Arshe Said/Finnish Somali League and Katja Creutz/Finnish Institute of International Affairs
16:30 Official launch of photo exhibition ‘Survivors’
16:45 Reception with tour of the exhibition (drinks will be served)
17:15 Closing

For further information: Liisa Mäkinen, UNDP Nordic Office, liisa.makinen@undp.org, phone: +358458535445