Senegal Jamm Rek: a project to prevent violent extremism in Senegal implemented by WARC
In 2018, a call for applications was launched by the US Embassy to select an institution likely to implement the above-named project. Ultimately, the West African Research Center (WARC) was selected. The stated objectives of the project are to help understand the ways the Senegalese population may be exposed to the messages circulated by violent extremist groups; to assess the degree of vulnerability of Senegalese people and their possible enrollment by extremist groups. Lastly, to formulate policy and programmatic recommendations to prevent extremist violence in the country.
With funding made available by the US Embassy in Dakar, WARC has teamed up with the Senegalese National Agency for Demographics and Census (Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie (ANSD) to successfully work on the project in various regions in the country including Dakar, Kaolack, Matam, Kolda, Sédhiou, Kédougou, Ziguinchor, Tambacounda. Already 74 enumerators are trained to interact with over 1,849 people nationwide for questionnaires.
The project was originally scheduled to last 10 months but has been extended because of the Covid-19 travel ban. It will wrap up by February 2021.