Existing conflicts are prominent drivers of violence extremism. Extremist groups are known to leverage on grievances from existing conflicts within and outside communities to gain access and recruit members to violent sects to cause unrest.
In order to strengthen resilience to radicalization and recruitment to violent sects, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) has built the capacities of locals from various communities in Ado, Agatu, Buruku, Guma, Logo and Kwande LGAs of Benue state to resolve disputes without them escalating into violent confrontations that violent extremist groups can latch on to perpetrate violence and recruit young women and young men into their ranks. These Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms trainings highlighted the effectiveness of negotiation/mediation in resolving issues like land disputes, communal conflicts and border disputes without necessarily seeking litigation or starting conflicts.
Participants of these trainings comprised of local government administrators and traditional rulers. These trainings are a part of activities under WEP’s PVE intervention funded by Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) in Benue state.