The event brought together civil society stakeholders from African countries affected by the threat of extremist groups with policy, security and legal experts from Africa, Europe and the US, to promote better understanding of the role of religion in preventing radicalisation through:
- facilitation of exchange of best practice approaches towards more effective, long-term strategies for tackling radicalisation and recruitment;
- consideration of how community actors, with support from organisations, governments and multilateral institutions, can contribute to radicalisation prevention and de-radicalisation efforts – including roles for religious actors in ‘non-religious’ sectors e.g. governance and economics;
- identification of actions to prevent radicalisation and reduce its ‘appeal’, including countering extremist narratives on social media, outreach to families/carers to monitor recidivism and evaluation of strategies to rehabilitate de-radicalised citizens through grassroots programmes;
- exploring ways to enhance further co-operation and promote further dialogue between state and non-state actors to counter the promotion and financing of extremism in Africa.