The dynamics of youth radicalisation in Africa

Reviewing the current evidence
Author: Raeesah Cassim Cachalia, Uyo Salifu and Irene Ndung’u
Year: 2016
Publisher: ISS
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Youth radicalisation towards violent extremism is a global phenomenon that threatens peace, security and stability. This paper reviews the evidence on the factors that may contribute to the dynamics of youth radicalisation. available findings from East Africa and the Horn of Africa, West Africa and the Sahel, and North Africa are used to understand the dynamics that may contribute to radicalisation and, potentially, to violent extremism. many factors emerge including political, economic, social and individual factors. religion, identity and gender also arise as topics for further analysis. Youth radicalisation is a complex phenomenon that cannot be attributed to any one explanation or set of factors. This paper recognises these complexities, offers recommendations and identities additional issues that should be explored further.