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Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) is an organization for sustainable development and NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC)

Countering extremism can be possible by mobilizing community involvement

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In recent years, various forms of violent extremism on the basis of religion, color, ethnicity, national origin etc. have increased around the world. Unlike the other countries, terrorist violence is on the rise in Bangladesh. Women, children, youth, marginalized even common people are getting victims.

People in Bangladesh are peaceful. They have been living with peace and harmony for a long time. But sometimes some opportunists and self-seeking people make mischievous moves to break the social harmony and peaceful co-existence.

Countering to radicalization and terrorism is a firm commitment to democracy, human rights and equality. Countering extremism can be possible by mobilizing community involvement or social engagement. Countering violent extremism with a   partnership   approach   involving   law   enforcement,   intelligence   agencies,   other statutory   organizations, and   community based non-governmental organizations with grassroots credibility is an effective approach.

Speaker said in an agreement signing meeting between YPSA and JUNS, HELP Cox’s Bazar, SHED for implementation of a project titled ‘Community Engagement in Countering Violence Extremism in Cox’s Bazar District’. The meeting was held at the YPSA Head office, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Under this partnership agreement the project will be implemented by the YPSA and its partners’ organizations in 71 unions and 4 municipalities under 8 Upazilas (Sub-district) of Cox’s Bazar. Different initiatives will be implemented for eradicating violent extremism, creating social harmony in the community, redressing unemployment and healthy mental and emotional development of young people. YPSA-Consortium will organize youth into different aged groups and take steps for their socio-economic development.

The project is funded by GCERF (Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund) and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh.

As per this agreement, YPSA will work as Principal Recipient (PR) and JUNS (Jago Nari Unnoyon Shongstha), HELP (Hand to Embrace Less Privileged) Cox’s Bazar, SHED (Society for Health Extension and Development will work as Sub Recipients (SR). All Executive Directors of partner’s organization, Chief Executive of YPSA, directors and senior persons of YPSA and partner’s organization were present during the partnership agreement signing.

Agreement signed between YPSA and its partners at Cox's Bazar