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A Mentorship Manual for Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya

Tina Wilchen Christensen, Matt Freear and Hadija Suleiman
Other Publications, 22 September 2020
Strengthening Resilience against Violent Extremism, Horn of Africa
Forming part of STRIVE II, this manual is intended as a practical guide for those running a mentorship programme for youth at risk of recruitment and radicalisation to violent extremism.

This manual is borne out of five years’ experience of supporting more than 300 at-risk mentees in Kenya under the STRIVE Horn of Africa and STRIVE II programmes, funded by the EU.

The manual is intended to assist practitioners and others who are seeking to design and implement mentorship programmes elsewhere in the world. As the most prominent violent extremist (VE) organisation in the region, Al-Shabaab’s extremist ideology and its recruitment methods reflect global trends in violent extremism. The Somalia-based insurgency has increasingly sought recruits and influence in the region and around the world, not least in Kenya. 

The manual guides the training of mentors to support their mentees. It presents theory in a readable format and provides examples, specific tips, exercises and facilitation plans to support mentors in their engagement with at-risk youth. Many of the programme’s components are adaptable to other contexts, and its ideas will be helpful for others to consider.


BANNER IMAGE: Courtesy of Manpeppe / Adobe Stock

Dr. Tina Wilchen Christensen
Mentorship advisor

Dr Christensen is currently working as Mentorship advisor for RUSI’s program STRIVE II -... read more

Matt Freear
Communications Research Consultant (RUSI Nairobi)

Matt Freear has worked in media and communications for more than 17 years, specialising in communications around conflict and terrorism... read more

Hadija Suleiman Buke
Khadija Suleiman
Mentorship Manager

Ms Khadija Suleiman is a Mentorship Manager with RUSI, Kenya. She has experience in managing and implementation of youth-based field... read more

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