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YPSA, an organization in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) since 2013

Community Engagement in Countering Violent Extremism in Cox’ Bazar (CEVEC)

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Name of the Project : Community Engagement in Countering Violent Extremism in Cox’ Bazar (CEVEC)

Principle Recipient:  Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)

Sub Recipients:  SHED, HELP Cox’s Bazar & JNUS

Name of Consortium: YPSA CEVEC Consortium

Funded By: Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)

Working Area: Cox’s Bazar District (8 Upazilas, 4 Municipalities & 71 Unions)

Duration of the Project: July 2016 to June 2019

Background justification of project:

Bangladesh hosts Myanmar Nationals who are subject to discrimination in Myanmar and who have fled across the Bay of Bengal over the past years. Among them are some Myanmar Nationals who live in camps and who are officially documented. Most of them, however, are not officially documented and they are referred to as “Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMN)”. Around 0.3 million to 0.5 million UMN live with the local people in the villages and they are disseminated across of the Cox’s Bazar district.

They don’t have humanitarian facilities and live in the poorest sections. Among them youth of age between 18 – 35 years is a most crucial and critical phase of their lives. They face challenges since the youth of UMN and the host communities are targeted by extremist groups due to their frustration, hopelessness, anger, and unemployment, lack of education, marginalization and inequality.

Extremist groups take advantage of the low levels of literacy and high levels of poverty prevalent in our society to recruit youth. It becomes very easy to motivate and indoctrinate youth with little or no education, in the name of religion. Since it is a coastal border area, it is most vulnerable to extremism and violence as most of the elements of religious and social extremism is present there. Coastal boarders are easily accessible and have lots of scope for mobility in case of any incidents.

There are many rivers, canals and sea ways in Cox’s Bazar, Chokoria, Teknaf, Ukhiya and Ramu that support leaving by river road. Almost all smugglers use these routes for their purposes. Government networks are also poor in these areas and extremist groups take advantage of this. In 2012, the Buddhist community of Ramu was attacked by an extremist group and a number of youth from the community have been recruited.

Practically, most of the incidents are done by the men/male youth. Males are targeted by extremist groups, and, they are mostly involved with the violence, recruitment and radicalization process as well as with other illegal activities such as smuggling and trafficking. As a socially dynamic group, youth hold the solutions and potential to be become positive change agents for the prevention of conflict and Violent Extremism, as well as for the promotion of peace but this potential remains largely untapped.

Expected impact of the project

In all 8 Upazilas of Cox’s Bazar district, prevention and countering of violent extremism (P/CVE) is recognized as an important role of the community by local authorities, communities and other organizations. The recruitment of individuals or groups, especially youth, is prevented through strong community engagement. Youth platforms are organizations that can effectively contribute in preventing violent extremism (PVE) and raise their needs to policy makers through strong communication and meaningful engagement.

Communities are more sensitized and organized and they are able to work as an actor to raise awareness, identify the signs of radicalization and serve as a force multiplier effect in communities where violent extremism and recruitment may occur. Local government and other civil society organization, CBOs, media, faith-based organizations and governments will provide active support by developing comprehensive and effective mechanisms to prevent violent extremism and radicalization.

The Government works tirelessly to counter support for violent extremism and to ensure that, as new violent groups and ideologies emerge, they fail to gain a foothold in the community. As a result, Cox’s Bazar district is more resilient and community engagement is increased, which can be a model of other area in Bangladesh.  

Categories of Target Population

  • Drop out and unemployed Youth aged 18 to 35 years
  • Students aged 15-22 years from educational institutes in Cox’s Bazar
  • Women of Cox’s Bazar District

Specific Objectives of Project

  • To provide a platform for drop out and unemployed female and male youth aged between 18-35 years old in order to strengthen their meaningful engagement in P/CVE at local level.
  • To prevent youth from being recruited by extremist groups by uplifting the livelihoods by creating decent employment opportunities.
  • To ensure meaningful participation of Local Government institutions, civil society organizations, Community Based Organizations, media, faith based organizations and local forums in P/CVE in order to build a community safety net for the youth through taking appropriate measures in Cox’s Bazar.
  • To empower the youth of education institutions of age between 15-22 years old of Cox’s Bazar district to protect themselves from the threat of violent extremism.
  • To enhance the knowledge of the women on the threats of VE to support those to take protection measure against violent extremism in their family and community.

Five Initiatives of the project

  • Develop and mobilize drop out and unemployed youth aged between 18-35 years;
  • Promote livelihood opportunities for drop out and unemployed youth;
  • Mobilize different stakeholders at community level to work as change agents;
  • Develop capacity of student aged between 15-22 years from educational institutes in cox’s bazar district to deal with the threat of violent extremism;
  • Build awareness on the threat of violent extremism among women of Cox’s Bazar district.

Expected result of the Project

  • Created a platform for drop out and unemployed female and male youth aged between 18-35 years old in order to strengthen their meaningful engagement in P/CVE at local level
  • Youth are prevented youth from being recruited by extremist groups by uplifting the livelihoods by creating decent employment opportunities
  • Ensured meaningful participation of local government institutions, civil society organizations, community based organizations, media, faith based organizations and local forums in P/CVE in order to build a community safety net for the youth through taking appropriate measures in cox’s bazar.
  • Student/youth of education institutions of age between 15-22 years old of cox’s bazar district empowered to protect themselves from the threat of violent extremism
  • Enhanced the knowledge of the women of UMN and surrounding host community on the threats of VE to support them to take protection measure against violent extremism in their family and community.

Initiative wise activities of the project

Initiative-1: Develop and mobilize youth leaders from the drop out and unemployed youth:

  • Form 678 youth groups in each ward of 71 unions of Cox’s Bazar District (13,560 members)
  • Form 75 Youth Forums at Union and Municipality level with the participation of 1500 youth members
  • Provide 75 TOT on life skills education to 1500 youth of 75 youth forums at union and Municipality level
  • Provide 75 leadership training on CVE to 1500 youth of 75 youth forums at Union and Municipality level
  • Provide life skills education to all the members of 678 youth groups at ward level cascaded by 1500 trained youths of 75 youth forums at union and Municipality level
  • Facilitate the 678 Youth groups at ward level, 75 youth forums at Union and Municipality level for 1506 community engagements on CVE such as flash mobs, cycle rallies, dialogues with religious and political leaders, signature campaigns, candle light vigils, observance of special days, press conferences, youth rally, storytelling events, debates, camps etc.

Initiative-2: Promote livelihood opportunities for unemployed youth

  • Provide market driven skill development training to 2,000 Youth (e.g. ICT training, mobile/freezer repairs training, homestead gardening, handicrafts, poultry and duck rearing, cow & goat rearing, beef fattening, nursery, vegetable gardening, catering, house-keeping training etc.)
  • Provide entrepreneurship development and business management training to 2000 Youth from youth groups
  • Provide input support / small grants to 500 trained youth as start up capital
  • Facilitate youth to link with financial opportunities and job markets through arranging one to one meetings with employers, sharing meeting with employers and job fairs

Initiative-3: Develop capacity of youth (student) from educational institutes in Cox’s Bazar district to deal with the threat of violent extremism:

  • Provide 3 days TOT on life skills education to 324 students for peer education at educational institutes
  • Provide 423 orientations to 21,150 students by 324 TOT trained students based on toolkits on VE
  • Facilitate to arrange 162 students engagement events with the participation of 3240 students on awareness initiatives at their own education institutes like producing wall magazines and arranging debate competitions
  • Arrange 162 orientations with 2,430 teachers at 162 educational institutes about the threats of VE and the initiative

Initiative-4: Mobilize different stakeholders at community level to work as change agents:

  • Provide 83 orientations to 1328 representatives of 83 Local Government Institutions at Union, Upazilla and Municipality level
  • Activate 83 ‘Law and order standing committee’ consisting of 498 members and 83 ‘violence against women and children standing committee’ consisting of 498 members of 83 Local government institutions at Union, Upazilla and Municipality level to take initiatives for prevention and countering VE.
  • Provide 8 trainings on prevention and countering violent extremism to 240 participants from civil society organizations, Community Based Organizations, media, faith based organizations, local forums and relevant government bodies
  • Arrange 5 roundtable discussions on the threats and consequences of VE with 200 policy makers, district administration, Upazilla administration, concerned government departments, law enforcement authorities, political leaders, press club/media, representatives from civil society, religious leaders and NGOs at district level

Initiative-5: Build awareness on the threat of violent extremism among women in Cox’s Bazar district

  • Organize 5,424 court yard meeting with 108,480 women participants at ward level
  • Arrange 75 events of Women gathering at Union and Municipality level with 7,500 women
  • Organize folk song for 101,700 audiences including women, girls and men at community level

Progress at a glance:

  • Agreement signed between GCERF & YPSA on July 26, 2016
  • Agreement signed between PR & SRs on August 8, 2016.
  • Project was jointly launched by District Administration of Cox’s Bazar and YPSA CEVEC Consortium. Mr. Ashadul Islam, Director General of NGO Affairs Bureau, Prime Minister’s Office was the Chief Guest and Mr. Md. Ali Hossain, Deputy Commissioner of  Cox’s Bazar was Chair the Program where officials of local level govt. administration, law enforcing agencies, religious leaders, Teachers and journalist, target groups representations were present.
  • Informed all Upazial Nirbahee Officers (UNO), All Mayors of Municipalities and all UP Chairman under Cox’s Bazar District about the project
  • Shared Guideline of: Youth Group Formation, Youth Forum Formation, Court Yard Meeting conduction and Life Skill Education Contents with Government Officials
  • Shared Group Formation, Forum formation guideline and Topics of Life Skill Education with Govt. Officials at local level.
  • Collected list of 162 Educational Institutions and informed local administration.

Organized Training, Orientation and Workshop

  • Organized Project Orientation for all level of YPSA CEVEC Consortium staff
  • Organized Base Line Survey Orientation for all staff and data collector
  • Conducted training on Financial Management for Sub- Recipients
  • Conducted training on 3 days Life Skill Education Training for all PMs, FOs, FFs
  • Conducted day long training on Facilitation and Community Mobilization
  • Conducted (two day) Workshop on LSE Module Development

Meeting:

  • Organized Half Yearly Consortium Committee Meeting for EDs, Program Directors and Consortium Management Unit.
  • Organized Bimonthly Consortium Management Unit (CMU) meeting
  • Organized Yearly Review Meeting on December 29, 2016
  • Organized Quarterly Consortium Coordination Meeting for YPSA CEVEC Consortium
  • Organized sharing meeting with YPSA senior level staffs
  • Organized learning and sharing meeting with teachers of University of Dhaka.

Capacity Development Initiatives of SRs:

  • Conducted Capacity Assessment of SRs
  • Conducted Fiduciary Assessment at SR level
  • Developed Capacity Development Plan for SRs

Developed Guideline, Modules, Reporting Formats and  ME&E Tools:

  • Developed Guide Line for Youth Group Formation and distributed to all SRs
  • Developed Youth Forum Guideline and distributed to all SRs
  • Developed Guideline for Women Court Yard Meeting Conduction
  • Developed Grant Management Calendar and share with SRs and GCERF
  • Developed Procurement Guideline for SR and distributed
  • Prepared Financial Management and oversight Plan and submitted to GCERF
  • Developed Financial Management Guideline and distributed to SRs
  • Developed Loss & Misuse Guideline with Action Plan
  • Developed Life Skill Education Training Module
  • Developed Monitoring Tools.
  • Developed Reporting Formats  both Programmatic and Finance for SRs

Formed Youth Groups & Youth Forum:

  • Youth Group forming at ward level is going on
  •  Youth Forum at Union level is going on

Organized Events:

  • Organized events engaging youth, community and District Administration of Cox’s Bazar. Local Administration appreciated and participated in the youth events. (Theme-  weRq w`e‡mi A½xKvi DMÖev` I mwnsmZvgy³ mgvR Mov )
  • YPSA CEVEC CMU and SR part participated World AIDS Day on 1st December 2016 observation with District Civil Surgeon Office, Cox’s Bazar

Coordination:

  •  Attended District NGO Coordination Meeting on November 22, 2016 at DC Office, Cox’s Bazar.
  • Presented YPSA CEVEC Project  in District NGO Coordination Meeting at DC Office, Cox’s Bazar on December 8, 2016
  • YPSA CEVEC project Participated in International Disability Day and International Human Rights Day at Cox’s Bazar
  • CMU staff attended International Migration Day at DC Office Cox’s Bazar
  • CMU staff attended International Human Rights Day at DC Office Cox’s Bazar

Round Table Discussion:

  • Organized Round Table Discussion on December 28, 2016 at Cox’s Bazar.

Base Line Survey:

  • Completed Base Line Survey and Report under process

Other information:

  • Chief Executive of YPSA was invited and attended UNGA at New York on September 20, 2016. He delivered speech on P/CVE on the context of Cox’s Bazar. He also invited by US Embassy Dhaka to join at a high level meeting with Mr. John Kerry, The Secretary of State, US and attended the meeting on August 29, 2016. Both the events were very much meaningful for disseminating information of GCERF and YPSA- CEVEC Consortium. CE-YPSA has also participated in the regional workshop on “Countering Violent Extremism through Development Assistance in Asia” from October 11-12, 2016 at Bangkok.

Principal Recipient Main of YPSA CEVEC Consortium

Point of Contact: Md. Arifur Rahman

Position: Chief Executive

Organization Name: YPSA (Young Power in Social Action)

Postal address: House # F-10 (P), Road #13

Block-B, Chandgaon Residential Area, Chittagong-4212, Bangladesh

Office telephone: 00 880 31 672857

Cell Phone : +88 01711825068

Focal Point of YPSA CEVEC Consortium: Mohammad Shahjahan

Deputy Director & Head of KM4D, YPSA,

Cell Phone: +88 01819177418

YPSA Cox’s Bazar Office Address –

Nazir Ahammed Company Building (1st Floor), 325, Sayeman Road, Baharchara, Cox’s Bazar

Contact Person- Ms. Khaleda Begum, Designation-Team Leader

Cell Phone: +88 01881686166, +88 01911755426

 

  • Sub Recipient: Society for Health Extension and Development (SHED) herein after as SHED

Address: ICDDR,B Campus ,Teknaf  Powrashava ,Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

  • Contact Person: Mohammad Umra, Society for Health Extension and Development (SHED) ICDDR,B Campus, Teknaf Powrashava, Teknaf, Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh,

Cell Phone: +88 01819323896, +88 01819751364

  • Sub Recipient: Hand to Embrace the less Privileged herein after as HELP Cox’s Bazar

Address: Courtbazar , Ukhiya, Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Contact Person : Abul Kashem,Executive Director, HELP Cox’s Bazar, Cell Phone: +88 01819024945

  • Sub Recipient : Jago Nari Unnayon Sangsta herein after as (JNUS)

Address:  Swapnapuri Road, Fathekharkul Union,Ramu, Cox’s Bazar,Bangladesh

  • Contact Person : Ms. Sheuly Sharma, Executive Director, Jago Nari Unnayon Sangsta (JNUS), Cell Phone: +88 01823929075
  • Office Addresses (Upzila wise)

YPSA ( implementing Part)

  • Nazir Ahammed Company Building (4th Floor), 325, Sayeman Road, Baharchara, Cox’s Bazar
    • YPSA CEVEC Pekua Office, Basher Killa Ghona, Chowmuhoni, Pekua.
    • YPSA CEVEC Kutubdia Office, Purana Protyashi Office, Janata Bank, Borghop, Kutubdia.
    • YPSA CEVEC Moheshkhali Office, Jafar Ahmed Building ( Behind of Dak Banglow), Moheshkhali.
  • Contact Person- Md. Harun, Designation- Project Manager,

Cell Phone: +88 01716280168

  • Office Addresses ( Upzila wise)

SHED : Chokoria Office:

Fahim Mension

1st Floor, Flat no 107,South Varamuhuri

Chokoria Pourashova,Cox’s Bazar

Teknaf Office:

KK Para,Fisheries Road

Shahnewaz’s Building

Teknaf Pourashova, Cox’s Bazar

Contact Person: Md. Alamgir Hossain, Designation: Project Manager

Cell Phone:  +01884017025/01740835829