The United Nations Development Programme Commences a Regional Initiative on Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asia, Funded by the Government of Japan

Feb 23, 2018

23 February 2018 Astana - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan agreed to implement a regional project “Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation for Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asia” worth US$ 6,145,853. The Project signing ceremony took place in Astana, Kazakhstan between the Embassy of Japan, the Government of Kazakhstan and UNDP.

The Project aims to prevent the violent extremism among young men and women by building counter extremist narratives and improving employability of the economically disadvantaged youth in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan during the period of 2018-2020. All participants of the project will be invited to participate in joint actions organized at the regional level to support regional youth networking and exchange of knowledge and experiences in relation to prevention of youth radicalization in Central Asian countries. 

In Turkmenistan, the project will empower young women and men in target 5 regions and cities to engage in social and economic life through providing employment opportunities at  municipal public services  or engaging in entrepreneurship. Geographic scope of the Project in Turkmenistan will include the capital city Ashgabat and Tedjen city in Ahal velayat (province), Turkmenabat city in Lebap velayat, Mary city in Mary velayat, Turkmenbashy city in Balkan velayat and Dashoguz city in Dashoguz velayat, including surrounding settlements.

The project will provide formal and informal social support platforms, hold needs assessment and networking to build confidence and peer support, conduct trainings on conflict mediation and provide counseling services to equip the youth networks.

As a result, the Project will help create lasting employment opportunities for young people to ensure socio-economic well-being and empower them to engage in opportunities to participate in social dialogues.


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