What happens when those who are trusted by communities to help them navigate difficult situations are themselves victims of the same difficult situations?

What happens when those who are trusted by communities to help them navigate difficult situations are themselves victims of the same difficult situations?

Yemen, already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, recorded its first COVID-19 case last week.

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to reach deeper into communities in Africa. In response, governments are tending to adopt approaches similar to what has worked in parts of Asia, Europe and the United States; near total lockdowns, strict social distancing, enforced closures of business and strict enforcement measures.

We are increasingly uncovering hints of regional linkages and wider trends between VE actors across East Africa

Is there a link between youth, unemployment, rural to urban migration and extrajudicial killings?

The difference between organised crime and violent extremism is at times difficult to discern.

At Wasafiri, we have recently been discussing different measurement techniques when trying to understand how change happens in complex conflict-affected environments. This is no easy task.

On our blog, we’ve written before about how we feel that within the CVE (countering violent extremism) sector, research and programming can – for a variety of reasons related to sensitivity and confidentiality – become problematically siloed. More and more though we’re also noticing a wider problem of siloing, which is that CVE work as a whole is often treated in isolation from the wider conflict, peacebuilding and governance field..