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Good morning, this is Paula. In a year that has seen deaths from violent extremism surge by 22 per cent, one organisation in Geneva is working on preventing the violence before it happens.

Khalid Koser from the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund tells us that their strategy – supporting communities where distrust, social exclusion and poverty prevail – is difficult to appraise, and therefore hard to fund.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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Residents assess the damage at the site of an attack at the Pearl Beach Hotel in Mogadishu after the Islamist Al-Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attack on 10 June 2023. (Keystone/AFP/Hassan Ali ElmiI)

Since the 11 September 2001 attacks by Al-Qaeda, not only has geopolitics shifted in regions where western alliances were present, but security issues have soared to unforeseen levels. Climate change, the economic repercussions of Covid-19, conflict and transnational crime have set the path for sustainable development into reverse while triggering grievances within communities.

Add new technologies, fake news and eager recruiters from terrorist groups to the equation, and the risk of violent extremism rises. According to the 2024 Global Terrorism Index, countries in the Sahel region were among the worst affected globally, with Burkina Faso in the top position. Deaths from terrorism were up globally by 22 per cent in 2023, to their highest rates since 2017.

As the Gaza war raises fear over the risk of increased radicalisation, GCERF, a Geneva-based organisation working with vulnerable communities to prevent violent extremism, says tackling the roots of the trend involves ‘surgical’ interventions and a ‘leap of faith’.

Read the full story on Geneva Solutions

Reason for hope

💉DENGUE JAB GREENLIGHTED. The World Health Organization has approved the Japanese-made vaccine Qdenga, the second immunisation against dengue to get global approval.

Why it’s positive. Dengue kills 30,000 to 70,000 every year, and warmer temperatures and hectic rain patterns offer the perfect opportunity for mosquitoes carrying the disease to thrive. A record six million infections have been reported this year in the Americas. The two-dose vaccine is said to be 84 per cent effective in preventing hospitalisation and 62 per cent in preventing symptoms.

📖 Read our previous reporting: Mosquito-to-toe: the race to contain climate-sensitive diseases

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Food for thought

🧠 The ICC should consider the new Armenian genocide petition. Former chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo argues why the International Criminal Court should hear out a petition by the California-based Center for Truth and Justice to investigate Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev for genocide against Armenians in Armenia.

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