This activity is part of the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace. Pakistan’s fragility has serious political and security considerations for the country and also the region. The people and government of Pakistan continue to face threats from groups who advocate the use of violence in pursuit of their goals. Since 2006, and particularly in 2009 when violence peaked, thousands of people have lost their lives and been injured; many thousands more have lost their assets and livelihoods through bombings and internal displacement.
Over two thirds of Pakistan’s population is below the age of 30. With this in mind, strategically targeting youth, and strengthening their resilience to being drawn into radicalism, is important in any project aimed at countering violent extremism in the country. STRIVE projects target the media, education, civil society and governments to increase awareness of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE), the necessity of prevention, build capacity of actors in these fields to engage in P/CVE, and undertake targeted interventions in areas which could contribute most to P/CVE.