The European research project PAVE successfully examined driving and mitigating factors of radicalisation and violent extremism in the Balkans and MENA region.

In the light of an increase in radicalism and violent extremism in Europe and worldwide, there is a growing need for a common political strategy and effective prevention measures.

The PAVE consortium consisting of 13 partners from 12 countries addressed the global issue of radicalisation by examining its root causes and driving factors. Based on a participatory and inter-regional approach, the consortium advanced evidence-based knowledge on violent extremism in the broader Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the Western Balkans, and strengthened the capacity of policy-makers and community leaders for an effective prevention strategy between the European Union and its neighbourhood.

The research endeavour encompassed empirical studies and comparative analyses in selected municipalities of:

Bosnia and Herzegovina
North Macedonia

The project assessed existing preventive initiatives and measures to enhance community resilience in four focus areas:

Interface between religious, political and ethnic/sectarian extremisms
Interaction between religious and state institutions
On- and offline narratives and (de-)radicalisation
Transnational interactions, including impact on and from Europe

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The PAVE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870769.