In 2016, Switzerland joined with various partners to launch a regional initiative for the prevention of violent extremism in Africa. The Conversations provide a space for dialogue on the prevention approach, strengthen bridges between an array of actors, and highlight successful initiatives representing concrete alternatives to combat violent extremism in North Africa, West Africa, the Sahel and Central Africa. The conversations have already brought together more than 2,000 figures from many sectors in regional meetings in Dakar, N'Djamena, Algiers, Ouagadougou, Bangui, Yaoundé, Abidjan, Accra, Niamey, Lomé and Cotonou, and public panel discussions in New York, Geneva and Dakar.
In partnership with the African Centre for the Study & Research on Terrorism of the African Union, Switzerland developed a course on the prevention of violent extremism for AU member states.
Finally, Switzerland supports discussion on PVE in organisations such as the UN, the OSCE, the International Organisation of La Francophonie and the African Union. International Geneva, which plays an important role in strengthening human rights and the rule of law, conflict prevention and the prevention of violent extremism, is an additional resource in Switzerland's efforts to prevent violent extremism.