Uncovering the Root Causes for Radicalization

Underlying causes of violence linked to religious fundamentalism and extremism have been major concerns in several world regions for decades, as they undermine peacebuilding and development in many countries. Data suggest that high unemployment, poor governance, and perceptions of social injustice are among the central reasons why people join extremist groups.
In order to understand these motives better, the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, its local Nigerian partners led by Search for Common Ground, the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), and Finn Church Aid have analyzed interviews with 119 former Boko Haram members at camps for internally displaced persons. This study was aimed at providing answers to questions on how individuals came to be part of Boko Haram, to understand what their experiences were as members, and to capture their views on the group now. This event presented and discussed the findings of this study.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Finn Church Aid, International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Search for Common Ground.

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