EAI is a nimble organization that year-on-year scales our work and geographic reach. In 2018, we expanded an innovative approach we designed to instigate peace and transform extremism by creating Alternative Messaging Hubs that close the gap filled by violent extremists with messaging that aims to empower and convey the strength of community members forwarding peaceful solutions. The approach was piloted in Nigeria and has now scaled, with adaptation, to Kenya and the Philippines. The program design builds bridges between diverse stakeholders and is inclusive of all members of society by recognizing their innate agency and using a positive asset-based approach strengthening the leadership and capacity of emerging peace ambassadors, specifically youth and women, through locally resonant programming, including tech camps, locally-driven media, hackathons, and peace fellowships. Our goal is to launch projects in all of EAI’s Impact Areas and expand our presence throughout the islands of the Philippines.
Research & Resources
Is it possible for radio programs to diverge youth from engaging with violent extremism? According to this research, the White Dove radio programs have proven to provide relevant information that has curbed youth involvement in violent groups.
Nigeria, US State Department
The Way Forward: Assessing the impact of the “White Dove” CVE radio project in Northern Nigeria
Two sides of the same coin? An examination of cognitive and psychosocial pathways leading to empowerment and radicalization
This valuable resource for communication for development practitioners aims to incite discussions on what it means to deepen communication for action and promote positive social change.
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Past Countries, Philippines, Sahel, Yemen, Building Peace & Transforming Extremism, Championing Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment, Governance & Civic Engagement, Participatory Media & Technology, Research & Learning
The advantages and limits of a “Full-Spectrum” approach to communication for development (C4D)
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