Young people take part in games at a youth camp in Tajikistan.

Preventing violent extremism in Central Asia

Prevention of violent extremism in Central Asia

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Foreign Office (AA)

  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2020 to 2024

  • Products and expertise

    Security, reconstruction and peace


Violent extremism and radicalisation pose challenges for the countries of Central Asia. With the takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the emergence of the so-called ‘IS in Khorasan’ (a historical part of Central Asia), there is growing concern that extremists could expand their influence in Central Asia.

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are responding with national strategies against violent extremism and terrorism, with prevention playing an important role.


The importance of preventative measures against violent extremism in Central Asia continues to grow in comparison to repressive measures.


The state and civil society in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are developing measures to prevent violent extremism (PVE) based on principles that incorporate conflict prevention, gender sensitivity and human rights.

To this end, the project works at local, regional, national level by building up expertise based on state and civil society experience. It enables PVE qualifications for civil servants and national decision-makers and creates prospects for young people through vocational and personal development measures.

The measures are aimed at improving social cohesion and promoting an open, tolerant coexistence, as well as citizen-focused approaches and building trust in public structures.

Building on training measures, the project is expanding state training programmes for national security authorities in order to implement national strategies using a preventative approach that respects human rights.

By systematically involving civil society and independent PVE research, the project networks local, national, regional and international experts on preventing extremism.

DVV International improves the expertise of local civil society organisations in order to improve local PVE information and training services.

Last update: December 2023