We believe in maintaining peaceful coexistence in Tajikistan through cross-border cooperation, education, and research
An estimated 500 - 1000 citizens of Tajikistan have travelled to Syria in order to fight for extremist groups. Challenging the recruitment of these individuals is an important issue for the country's government, as is reflected in the National Strategy on Countering Extremism and Terrorism of the Republic of Tajikistan. Implementation of this strategy requires the involvement of civil society, however, many civil society stakeholders are reluctant to become involved with such a controversial and difficult topic.
Migration seems to play a key role in recruitment of Tajik citizens to these groups, as a large proportion of individuals are recruited abroad, particularly in Russia. Tajikistan's cooperation with its four neighbours (Kyrgyzstan, China, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan) has been limited, and cross-border skirmishes are a regular feature of some of the active border crossings. Fights and disagreements in border areas are common, and the potential for escalation cannot be dismissed.
EFCA-Tajikistan firmly believes that the best way to combat violent extremism is through promotion of critical engagement with extremist narratives, and awareness of local history. We advocate for increased religious freedom, and employ a rights-based approach to education which increases the resilience of young people and the general population to extremism.
EFCA Tajikistan conducted research striving to concretize the real impact of local and international efforts in the field of youth civic engagement and peacebuilding.
This project saw more than 50 young activists from the border regions take part in a camp for the development of cross-border cooperation called ‘Peace. Action. Creation!’ in the city of Kairakkum.
Within this project, EFCA-Tajikistan carried out research on young people’s views and opinions on development in Tajikistan, external aid, understanding of corruption, education and employment. Furthermore, a number of debate tournaments for young people took place throughout the country.
This project worked to reduce the threat of political and religious radicalization in five of the poorest districts of Sughd and Khatlon regions of Tajikistan by giving NGOs the knowledge, tools and opportunity to facilitate a coordinated approach among stakeholders to address triggers for radicalization. The project also engaged youths by designing and carrying out projects which aimed to help the people in their community.