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Prevention of Violent Extremism Frameworks

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Instigated by the Swiss Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Defence and Security Studies (CHEDS) in Senegal, this DCAF project aims to review and assess the conceptual, political, legislative, ideological and operational frameworks in place to promote the commitment of Defence and Security Forces (DSF) in the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, CAR, Ghana, Togo and Senegal.

The project will enable West and Central African DSF to enhance their role in PVE, improve their understanding of the wide range of possible responses to extreme violence, and clearly define the support network (including political support) they need in order to carry out their tasks - in reference to the frameworks and mandates by which they are governed. A comparative analysis will be produced to stimulate the work of future CHEDS and HSD/FDFA workshop(s) in the context of the “Regional Conversations” they regularly organise.

Project co-financed by: DSH-DFAE

Project implementation dates: November 2019 - Beginning of 2021

A team of DCAF’s regional and national experts is mobilised and working alongside DCAF staff, the Swiss HSD/DFAE and CHEDS experts.


Dr Séverin Kouamé Yao Dr. Séverin Kouamé Yao holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Bouaké, Côte d'Ivoire (CI). Lecturer-researcher in the department of anthropology and sociology of this institution since the end of July 2007, he became interested, within the framework of his doctoral research, in local resilience and innovation capacities in rural economy in the context of a State's disengagement and weakness.
Diversifying his fields of scientific interest, Dr Kouamé Yao has conducted various post-doctoral research and consultancies on the livelihoods of rural households in conflict areas on the one hand, and on state and non-state actors in the governance of “post-conflict” policies on the other hand. Specific themes include community rapprochement, the fight
against poverty, and the promotion of population’s access to basic social services in the Center-North-West areas of CI. He has carried out and contributed to research projects and actions on the subjects of prevention of violent extremism and radicalisation in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Niger, specifically about the contextual factors of risk, and the routes and determinants to youth engagement in the trajectories leading to these new forms of violence. He currently plays the role of DCAF’s Regional Expert within the framework of the joint DCAF/DSH-DFAE/CHEDS research project on prevention of violent extremism, and engagement of defence and security forces.
Ms Kessy Martine Ekomo-Soignet Ms. Kessy Martine Ekomo-Soignet has 10 years of experience in the field of development, research on peace and security issues, and more specifically youth and civil society in the Central African Republic.
She worked as a national consultant for the government of the Central African Republic in the development of its first national strategy for the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism. Since then, she has helped the Strategy Implementation Committee by supporting training for the security forces and civil society. Kessy is also a member of the board of iDove, an initiative of the African Union which aims to educate young people on issues related to radicalisation and violent extremism.
In 2016, she was appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations as an expert for the Study on Progress on the youth, peace and security agenda, in accordance with the UNSC Resolution 2250.
National representative of the organisation PeaceDirect in the Central African Republic, she is also the founder of the local NGO "URU" (Sauter in French). She holds a Master 2 in Geopolitics, International Security and Sociology from the Catholic Institute of Paris.
Mr. Souleymane Cissoko Mr. Souleymane Cissoko is a public lawyer from Côte d'Ivoire (CI). He holds a Master's degree in Legal and Political Sciences. Specialist in electoral matters, he is involved in several national initiatives relating to questions of terrorism and violent extremism.
Expert and trainer for Ivorian intelligence agents on radicalisation, violent extremism and terrorism, he is a member of the working group for the development of the National Strategy to Combat Terrorism. He participated in the production of the report on the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction as well as in the design of the educational kit (tool for detecting signs of violent radicalisation linked to Islam).
Mr. Cissoko has been recruited as a DCAF national expert within the framework of the regional study relating to the examination of the conceptual, political, legislative, doctrinal and operational frameworks for PVE and engagement of SDFs in Côte d'Ivoire.