From Art Therapy to Cultural Hubs
Radicalisation, violent extremism and transnational networks of extremist organisations, together with the ever-growing reach of social media, are increasingly gaining traction with more people. Preventive measures can increase the resilience of vulnerable people to radicalisation and attraction to violent extremist groups and their ideologies. They often even help radicalised individuals to reintegrate into society.
This study examines selected cultural foreign relations and education policy projects for the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE), considering the regional political, social, and cultural contexts as well as the distinctive challenges in terms of specific target groups that are hard to reach. Projects in the following regions and countries are discussed: the Sahel; Afghanistan; the Al-Hol refugee camp in Syria; Egypt, and Tunisia. They include inter-regional projects for the MENA region and the Sahel. Recommendations for future foreign cultural relations and education policy projects were formulated as part of this study.