Religious actors are important in countering violent extremism because of their unique positions of authority, credibility, institutional resources and ties with communities. Religious leaders play an integral role in building sustainable foundation for peaceful coexistence and community development. Because of their sacred knowledge, influence, credibility, trust and power in mobilizing ideas, actors and institutions, their engagement in CVE process is unavoidable.

This project aims at imparting knowledge and skills to religious leaders to contribute the eradication of incitement to discrimination, hostility, and violence within their respective communities. Religious leaders are trained to recognize the differences between offensive speech, hate speech and incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence which in a long run lead to violent extremism. Equally important in this project is a special training that enhances better use of the social media as a way of spreading the message.

Part of this program was carried out in the US between October 9 - 26, 2017, where participants from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia took part. The list of participants can be viewed here.


2017 +
Interfaith Programming (2017)

In pursuit of common objectives in Countering Violent Extremism, Center for Youth Dialogue (CYD) and The International...

Read More
Reshaping Narratives in Zanzibar (RENAZA 2017)

Young people everywhere in the world are currently exposed to various kinds of narratives that pull them into engaging in...

Read More
Imam Exchange Programs (2017)

Violent extremism is growing across the world. More and more people are affected by the actions of violent extremists, with States...

Read More
CVE Program (2017)

Religious actors are important in countering violent extremism because of their unique positions of authority....

Read More
Leadership Program

Through the U.S. Department of State (DOS) CYD was sponsored to participate in a Sub Regional Project...

Read More
Michael Johnson Program

Michael Johnson Young Leaders is a program that provides the underprivileged young people from around...

Read More

What We Do

We strive to tackle both change in policy and effective implementation of programs that directly affect youth affairs.

We support youth centered projects and policies that empowers youth’s socioeconomic skills.

On the policy level we engage with policy makers and bring-in a youth voice to the policy discussion forums. We do these efforts through our three approaches

  • We work directly with our target groups.
  • We collaborate with competent partners.
  • We support other partners to directly implement our projects.