INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE FORUM: The Impact of Social Security and Economic Development Policies in Preventing Terrorism (30 November 2016)

BACKGROUND

  • Terrorism has given rise to a new reality which threatens the social and economic development of a country and the livelihood of its citizen. The estimated number of casualties occurring worldwide due to this category of violence has risen and this is evident in countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Philippines, Syria, and Turkey (Institute for Economics and Peace)
  • Social and economic policies such as generous funding through provision of public goods and social services, towards vulnerable and marginalised citizens are crucial to show that the ‘government cares’ about them and the conditions in which they live.
  • In this forum, previous study and current knowledge gap will be addressed to ascertain the benefits and shortcomings of using social security and economic development as important tool to counter violence.

OBJECTIVES

  • Examine the relations between social security and economic development policies and counterterrorism.
  • To identify the economic roots causes of violence and social instability
  • To identify an applicable socioeconomic policies to prevent violence or terrorism.
  • Examine best practices from countries to improve socioeconomic conditions through economic development to eradicate violence.
  • The benefits and shortcomings of using social security and economic development as counter-terrorism tools and as a prevention method