African Union Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism (iDove) 3rd Intercontinental Youth Forum 2019– Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Application Deadline: June 30th 2019

The iDove initiative was jointly launched by the African Union Commission’s Directorate of Citizens and Diaspora Organizations (AUC-CIDO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbHin February 2017to highlight the importance of the soft power of religion in preventing violent extremism (PVE)through innovative, youth-led approaches.

By building on existing initiatives and supporting young people’s engagement and ideas in both Europe and Africa, iDove strives to develop non-violent approaches to problem solving that strengthen social cohesion and to create a forum for exchange and mutual learning.The annualiDove Intercontinental Youth Forums provide a valuable platform for young activists, academics, creatives & policy makers from all over Africa and Europe to share experiences, ideas and knowledge on constructive strategies to prevent violent extremism.

The Third Intercontinental Youth Forum will focus on thecurrent challenge ofrehabilitating and reintegrating (R&R) foreign fightersand other returnees.Taking returnees into account when designing PVE strategies has become more and more pressing in recent years as thousands of foreign fighters have been relocatingto their home communities. Foreign fighters are strongly exposed to violent extremist ideologies, with many having witnessed or actively participated in acts of violence.

Somemay be highly traumatized and in need of medical assistance. Others might be family members of foreign fighters or children born in war-zones. Whether actively involved infighting and violence or not, all returnees will require assistance in addressing the drivers that led to their involvement with violent extremism as well as in (again) assuming productive roles in society. What are my benefits?•Become part of theiDove networkof young PVE activists, creatives, policy makers & academics from all over Africa & Europe•Increase your knowledgeon soft power approaches to PVE–in particular those involving interfaith dialogue.

Gain valuable insights for your own workby exploringthe communalities and differences in PVE between different world regions •Learn more about R&Rofforeign fighters and other returneesfrom our invited experts & distinguished speakers•Further develop your skillson project management and howto successfully pitch your project idea


You arebetween 18 and 35 years old üYou are acitizen or resident of a European or an African country
You have proven experience in PVE and building social cohesion, ideally the context of rehabilitation & reintegration of returnees
You are committed to and/or experienced in interfaith dialogue and collaboration
You are fluent in either English or French

How to Apply:

How to apply?Please fill out the questionnaire below and attach your CV and any supporting documents for your application. The deadline for applications is EAT midnight June 30, 2019.

iDove Questionaire (EN)
iDove Questionaire (FR)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Union Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism (iDove) 3rd Intercontinental Youth Forum 2019


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