Providing Support to Youth in Local Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The most pertinent risk in Bosnia and Herzegovina concerning radicalization is that young people may be drawn to join extremist groups as foreign fighters, ostensibly on a religiously ideological basis, but often driven – at least in part – by political, social, economic marginalization and a sense of injustice resulting from this. The push factors that can lead to radicalization in BiH are wide ranging, and include the issue of social marginalization of communities, a sense of injustice amongst young people, long term and structural youth unemployment; the general lack of social amenities, perceived historical injustices, and a weak social security system.

The UK intervention will support the engagement of community liaison points, capacitated young people in each community that will ensure access and facilitate activities, as well as provide critical support to direct monitoring activities within the field.

  1. Support Inception Phase Assessment and Analysis in order to understand drivers of radicalization/factors of resilience and develop tailored interventions to address drivers of radicalization based upon findings.
  2. Support monitoring, analysis, and the measurement of impact
  3. Support the design and implementation of tailored psychosocial support for at-risk of radicalization in targeted communities
  4. Support implementation in the field through Community Liaison Points

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to a strengthened evidence base for CVE programming based upon strong monitoring and analysis of community level interventions.