Long Story Short #25: Can development assistance combat violent extremism?

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Michael Igoe, reporter, Devex

Kate Midden, engagement editor, Devex

On Aug. 7, 1998, Al Qaeda-linked terrorists attacked United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, signaling a major shift: Directing overseas development assistance toward efforts to counter violent extremism.

Twenty years after the attacks, Devex Reporter Michael Igoe and Engagement Editor Kate Midden discuss how development organizations became involved in countering violent extremism, what they’ve accomplished — and what’s ahead for these efforts.

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