Imams Exchange Program 2017
Violent extremism is growing across the world. More and more people are affected by the actions of violent extremists across the world, with States in the East African region, in particular, witnessing a rise of acts of terrorism and violent extremism. Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum (UMYDF) in partnership with CYD have recognized the need to work with credible voices in preventing violent extremism because of their influence and strong voices within their communities.
The project seeks to provide religious and community leaders an opportunity to identify practical solutions to the common challenges facing the East African region and explore new strategies to enhance their constituents’ resistance to violent ideologies. The program provides participants an opportunity to share best practices, expertise, resources, and develop effective strategies and programs of their own to prevent violent extremism.
In a broader spectrum, the exchange project develops mutual respect and understanding among people of different faiths and cultures by promoting interfaith dialogue, people-to-people engagement, and academic and cultural exchanges.
A total of 40 community leaders from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia are participating on this project, of which, 12 were selected to visit religious and community institutions in USA. While in the US, Imams were hosted by Civilizations Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (CECF) in Baltimore, Maryland.