Preventing Violent Extremism: Lessons from Africa

Many efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism in Africa are being carried out by local and international organisations. Despite this work and considerable amounts of funding for these initiatives, practitioners still struggle to determine what effect their efforts are having, both negative and positive. Based on an analysis of many projects in Central, East and West Africa, this report considers questions of donor funding, the duration of funding, theories of change, and monitoring and evaluation. The data gathered in these reports has raised some concerns regarding P/CVE projects in the three regions. Despite the large amounts of funding provided for these activities, challenges remain for practitioners and researchers regarding the impact that these activities have on the areas that they target.