Addressing and Preventing Violent Extremism in Africa: A Development Approach

The aim of the project is to undertake a perception survey in the borderlands of southern Libya, northern Chad, northern Niger, northern Sudan, and relevant communities in Nigeria in order to assess remote border communities’ vulnerability to violent extremism and explore the relationship between the drivers of violent extremism and firearms availability and trafficking.

Funders: UNDP

The project is implemented in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as well as the UNDP country offices and their local partners in the concerned countries. The research team, adopting a highly participatory approach, developed and deployed a comprehensive survey/questionnaire that examined push-and-pull factors in the domain of violent extremism. The questionnaire provides information on local communities’ experience with armed groups; recruitment dynamics; the use, spread, trade, and ownership of small arms and light weapons; perceptions of violent extremism; and potential approaches to countering and preventing violent extremism.

The data gathered from these countries will inform the production of a regional report building on UNDP’s previous work in this sphere.

For further information on the project, please contact:


sas logoNicolas Florquin
Head of Data and Analytics