Crafting peace and building a safer world

Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism (iDove)

Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GMBH

The Interfaith Dialogue on Violent Extremism (iDove) was launched by the African Union Commission’s Directorate of Citizens and Diaspora Organizations (AUC-CIDO) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in February 2017. iDove builds on the assumption that violent extremism is a global issue, which can only be solved through concerted efforts. As opposed to top-down security interventions, iDove believes that effective prevention work requires a comprehensive ‘soft power’ approach that focuses on the root causes rather than on the symptoms of violent extremism. In short, the iDove project aims to: • provide an innovative youth-led approach to preventing violent extremism (PVE) by drawing on the soft power of religion; • initiate a strategic counter-movement to PVE; • promote mutual respect and understanding based on intra- and interfaith and intercultural values as core principles; • facilitate interfaith dialogue as a nonviolent tool of political transformation in Africa and Europe; • set up a platform of exchange and learning for youth working on PVE; • use digital components to counter the recruitment of youth into violent extremist groups. Among the many activities of iDove are the organization of Intercontinental Youth Forums, the implementation of Small-Scale Projects by participants and iDove Trainings and Training of Trainers including the development of a training manual to empower youth to engage in local PVE initiatives.