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

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:  YPSA (Young Power in Social Action)

Sub Recipients: YPSA, SHED, HELP Cox’s Bazar & NONGOR

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 December 2018

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, is 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 the Cox’s Bazar district. They don’t have humanitarian facilities and live in the poorest sections. Among the 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 are 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 seaways in Cox’s Bazar, Chakaria, 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 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 to preventing violent extremism (PVE) and raise their needs to policymakers 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 for another 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 the local
  • 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 educational 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 the 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

The 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 the 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 educational 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 dropout 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, candlelight 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 the 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 the community level to work as change agents:

  • Provide 83 orientations to 1328 representatives of 83 Local Government Institutions at Union, Upazila 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, Upazila and Municipality level to take initiatives for prevention and countering VE.
  • Provide 8 pieces of training 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 the district level.

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

  • Organize 5,424 courtyard 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 the community level.

The progress of the Consortium Activities up to June 2018

Population Group: Drop out and Unemployed Youth

  • 677 youth groups formed in all wards lowest tier of Local Government in Cox’s Bazar
  • 75 Youth Forum formed at Union level
  • 75 TOT on life skills education and 75  Leadership Training provided to Youth Form members
  • 625 life skills education sessions completed on PVE to youth group members
  • 700 community engagements event organized by youth groups
  • 222 youths have been participating in market-driven vocational training such as ICT, Tailoring, riving,  Homestead Gardening, Cow rearing
  • Provided EDBM training to 126 youth and organized 1 Job Fair where 650 youths participated.

Stakeholders Participation/ Involvement

  • Conducted 68 orientations to the representatives of Local Government Institutions at Union, Upazila and Municipality level
  • Activated 124 Local Government standing committee on “ Law and Order Sanding Committee” and “ Violence against Women and  Children Standing Committee”
  • Organized 6 pieces of training on prevention and countering violent extremism to the representation of civil society organizations, Community Based Organizations, media, faith-based organizations, local forums and relevant government bodies
  • Arranged 4 Round Table discussions on the threats and consequences of VE with different stakeholders

Population Group: Students 

  • Provided 13 TOT on Life Skill Education to students leaders  on PVE
  • Provided 147 orientations to  students by TOT trained students based on toolkits on VE
  • Organized 95 students engagement events with the participation of students, teachers, Guardians, SMC members  on awareness  at their own education institutes
  • Arranged 107 orientations with Teachers  at educational institutes about the threats of VE and their role

Population Group: Women

  • Conducted 2,710 courtyard meeting with women participants at ward level
  • Arranged 47  events of Women gathering at Union and Municipality level
  • Performed 443 folk songs with the messages of PVE at the community level

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 training on 3 days Leadership Development Training for all PMs, FOs, FFs
  • Conducted training on Monitoring and Evaluation training for all PMs, FOs, FFs
  • Conducted Refreshers Monitoring and Evaluation training for all PMs, FOs, FFs
  • Conducted Refreshers Life Skill Education Training for all PMs, FOs, FFs
  • Organized Mid Term Survey Orientation for all staff and data collector
  • Conducted Refreshers Financial Management Training for all PMs, FOs, FFs
  • Conducted 2 days accounting management software application training for all PMs, FOs, FFs
  • Conducted day-long training on Facilitation and Community Mobilization
  • Conducted (two days) Workshop on LSE Module Development

Meeting:

  • Organized 4 Half Yearly Consortium Committee Meeting for EDs, Program Directors and Consortium Management Unit.
  • Organized 12 Bimonthly Consortium Management Unit (CMU) meeting
  • Organized 2 Yearly Review Meeting
  • Organized 8 Quarterly Consortium Coordination Meeting for YPSA CEVEC Consortium

Capacity Development Initiatives of SRs:

  • Conducted Capacity Assessment of SRs.
  • Conducted Fiduciary Assessment at SR level.
  • Developed Capacity Development Plan for SRs.
  • Upgrade of Human Resource Management system of SRs.
  • Upgrade of Financial Management system of SRs.
  • The software-based Accounts Management system of SRs.
  • Monitoring Evaluation system development of SRs.
  • Gender and Organizational Development of SRs.
  • Develop multimedia application on PVE/CVE issues.

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 Leadership Training Module and share with SRs and GCERF
  • Developed Monitoring Tools and guideline and share to SRs and GCERF
  • Developed Entrepreneurship Development and Business Management (EDBM)Training Module
  • Developed Input support guideline for entrepreneurs development
  •  Publication of flip chart for LSE session to Youth, Student LSE and Court meeting for women
  • Publication of leaflet and poster about PVE issue and share to all level of stakeholders
  • Developed Publication distribution guideline for Poster, leaflet, the flip chart for youth, women and student group to
  • Developed Reporting Formats  both Programmatic and Finance for SRs
  • Develop multimedia application on PVE/CVE issues
  • Software-based online financial Management system development of PR
  • Provided training on Upgrade of Financial Management system of SRs
  • Provided desktop with Software based Accounts Management system of SRs.

Base Line Survey, Mid Term Evaluation Study and Others Survey

  • Completed Base Line Survey and Report approved by GCERF
  • Completed Mid Term Survey and Report share to GCERF
  • Change Agent survey and Report share to GCERF
  • Community Members assessment matrix survey and Report share to GCERF

Memorable Visits:

  • Director General of NGO Affairs bureau visited the project activities
  • Director of NGO Affairs bureau visited the project activities
  • Executive Director of GCERF visited the project
  • Senior Officials of GCERF visited project activities regularly

Liaison and linkage with Local administration

  • Director General of NGO Affairs bureau inaugurated the project
  • Project team attending District and Upazila NGO coordination meeting regularly.
  • Deputy Commissioner launched the BCC materials of YPSA CEVEC Consortium
  • Stakeholders Training inaugurated by Upazila Nirbahi Officers
  • EDBM Trainings inaugurated by Government Officers and Upazila Chairman
  • Elected Local Government representatives and Government Officials directly involvement in Community Engagement events. 

Point of Contact of YPSA as Principal Recipient

Md. Arifur Rahman

Chief Executive and Consortium Chairperson

YPSA (Young Power in Social Action)

Address: House # F-10 (P), Road #13, Block-B,

Chandgaon Residential Area, Chittagong-4212, Bangladesh

Office telephone: 00 880 31 672857

Email: ypsa_arif@yahoo.com,

Focal Point of YPSA CEVEC Consortium:

Mohammad Shahjahan

Deputy Director (Head)-KM4D Department,

YPSA (Young Power in Social Action)

Address: House # F-10 (P), Road #13, Block-B,

Chandgaon Residential Area, Chittagong-4212, Bangladesh

Office telephone: 00 880 31 672857

Email: jahanctg@gmail.com,

 

YPSA Cox’s Bazar Consortium Management Office Address –

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

Contact Person- Ms Khaleda Begum, Designation-Team Leader

Email: khaledasp2@gmail.com.  Mobile-+88 01881686166, +88 01911755426

  • Sub Recipient-1: Society for Health Extension and Development (SHED)

Address: KK Para, Teknaf Powrashava, Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Contact Person: Mohammad Umra, Society for Health Extension and Development (SHED)

Email-shedteknaf@yahoo.com,

Mobile:+88 01819323896, +88 01819751364

  • Sub Recipient-2: Hand to Embrace the less Privileged hereinafter as HELP Cox’s Bazar

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

Contact Person Name: Abul Kashem, Executive Director, HELP Cox’s Bazar, Email: helpcox.org@gmail.com,

Mobile # +88 01819024945

  • Sub Recipient-2: NONGOR

Address:  West Laharpara, Near Bus Terminal, Cox’s Bazar

Contact Person Name: Didarul Alam Rashed, Executive Director, NONGOR,

 Email: nongor.org@gmail.com, Mobile # +8801818-067706.

  • Sub Recipient: YPSA CEVEC project office addresses (Upazila wise)

  YPSA Cox’sBazar Office

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,

Email: harun_ypsa@yahoo.com, Mobile # +88 01716280168

  • SHED CEVEC Project Office:

Chokoria:

Fahim Mansion

1st Floor, Flat no 107, South Varamuhuri

Chokoria Pourashova, Cox’s Bazar

Teknaf:

KK Para, Fisheries Road

Shahnewaz’s Building

Teknaf Pourashova, Cox’s Bazar

Contact Person: Md. Showkat Osman, Designation: Project Manager

              Email: ypsa_shawkat@yahoo.com, Mobile # +01671 699 740.

  • Help Cox’s Bazar CEVEC Project Office

Court Bazar, Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar

Contact Person: Nur Mohammad, Designation: Project Manager

Email: help.cevec2017@gmail.com, Mobile #01816439103

  • NONGOR CEVEC Project Office

            Orchid House (1st Floor), Infront of Vocational Textile Institute,

Bypass,    Ramu, Cox’s Bazar

Contact Person: Bishojit Bhowmick, Designation: Project Manager

Email: bishojitbhowmick11@gmail.com, Mobile #01818865103

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