An east African regional grouping has announced plans to open a ‘centre of excellence for preventing and countering violent extremism’ in Djibouti.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said it will unveil a strategy to counter and prevent violent extremism in the region in response to an upsurge in terror threats among member states.
In a statement, the group said the centre in Djibouti will help institutionalize the prevention and countering of violent extremism in the region.
IGAD, made up of nine east African countries, added that the centre is “intended to serve as a resource for governments, civil societies, youth, religious leaders, experts, practitioners, business people, and others interested in addressing violent extremism”.
It added that the centre will focus on areas like; providing training to enhance the capacities of government to counter violent extremism, and providing a platform to facilitate discussion among national and local actors.