Tag: covid-19

Kenyan Stakeholders Call for Implementation of Local Action Plans to Stem Youth Radicalisation and Extremism

Radicalisation to violent extremism has long been among the major peace and security concerns in East Africa. Al-Shabaab alone has been responsible for the deaths or injuries of at least 3,000 Kenyans in 538 terrorist attacks in just under a decade, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI). Based in Somalia, the group has historically targeted Kenya’s diplomatic and tourism sectors in retaliation for the country’s involvement in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), exploiting the long, porous border between the two countries as well as corruption within security agencies.

Disinformation and Social Media Regulation – The Nigerian Experience

In August 2014, when the first case of Ebola virus was reported in Nigeria, a lot of people embraced myths and false information in a bid to tackle the deadly disease. Among the false ‘experimental therapies’ that were spreading like wildfire was the belief that drinking and bathing in water saturated with salt would cure the Ebola virus. Consequently, many people were hospitalised with itchy skin, rashes and high blood pressure, and some even lost their lives.

COVID-19 Disinformation: Implications for Polarisation in Kumanovo

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world with profound social and economic consequences, disinformation has increasingly been weaponised in an effort to divide communities and mobilise hate. To understand how disinformation exploits a distrust of media and a restricted news intake to exacerbate existing community tensions, promote conspiracy theories and increase polarisation, the SCN has successfully piloted an initial localised assessment in the Municipality of Kumanovo, North Macedonia.

Practice Spotlight: How Kenyan Civil Society is Adapting to COVID-19

Above: A worker for Human Development Agency (HUDA), Kwale County,  hands out personal protection equipment to motorbike taxi drivers.   The threat of COVID-19 has affected us all in different ways, but particularly civil society. Kenya has had more than 10,000 confirmed cases, but in addition to the cost of lives as a result of the…
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Practice Spotlight: Advice from Groundswell Project – How to Support Communities During COVID-19

Above: The Groundswell Project was founded in 2018 as a way to bring communities together.  Hadiya Masieh, Founder of Groundswell Project Hadiya Masieh is an expert consultant in the area of community cohesion, interfaith relations, counter extremism, and women’s involvement in extremism and radicalisation. Her experience spans over 22 years. She has been a counter…
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#CoronaJihad: COVID-19, Misinformation, and Anti-Muslim Violence in India

Photo by Dewang Gupta on Unsplash About the Authors: Amarnath Amarasingam is an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, and an Associate Fellow at the Global…
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Three Years after they launched, Lebanon’s Local Prevention Networks are adapting to tackle a new threat – Covid-19

Above: the town of Majdal Anjar, Lebanon Nidal Khaled, Coordinator, Local Prevention Network. President of the Youth Initiatives Association. Ghida Elassaad, Project Coordinator, Strong Cities Network This article was written before the Lebanese government ordered the coronavirus lockdown. Fear of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping across Lebanon, and the border town of Majdal Anjar is…
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Fighting the COVID-19 Infodemic: Politics & Extremism

As we respond to the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, governments are mobilising resources to ensure citizens are kept safe and healthy, while protecting their economies and institutions. However, COVID-19 was the not the only thing to spread exponentially across the world – the spiralling ‘infodemic’ of disinformation surrounding the pandemic also threatens our cities and…
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Fighting the COVID-19 Infodemic: An Education Response

As we respond to the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, governments are mobilising resources to ensure citizens are kept safe and healthy, while protecting their economies and institutions. However, COVID-19 was the not the only thing to spread exponentially across the world – the spiralling ‘infodemic’ of disinformation surrounding the pandemic also threatens our cities and…
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