IC-093-2013 for Excombatants Study

Individual Consultancy -  To undertake research study for designing community based approaches to address radicalization of ex-combatants

Description of Assignment:

De-radicalization has long been identified as a priority for Pakistan and the wider region, as it seeks to counter the ideological force of “Talibanisation” which has been exacerbated by the political, economic and cultural repercussions of the US-led “war on terror”. In fact, the fourth strategic priority area of the pioneering Post-Crisis Needs Assessment (PCNA, 2010) focused on counter-radicalization and reconciliation, recognizing that the simple provision of “development” would not fully address extremism.

However, attempts at de-radicalizing key segments of the population in KP and FATA have not had sustained success, despite notable exceptions, due at least in part to the fact that no systematic analysis of the issues and methodologies required have been undertaken on a large enough scale. The variables are complex, as are the potential target groups, and a comprehensive account of this ideological, cultural, political, social and economic terrain needs to be made if a set of key strategies and approaches are to be devised. Excellent initiatives in the past have foundered partly because they were not well-integrated nor linked to each other systemically, so their relative isolation allowed for violent disruption and worse.

Lessons can be learned from similar yet different contexts such as Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia among others, but it is necessary to adapt them to the specific context of Pakistan. A general shared conclusion, which should form the basis of this work is, however, that isolated approaches are far less effective or sustainable than those that creatively and respectfully engage the wider community.

Proposals are invited to fulfill this gap, and should include the following components: 

  1. A comprehensive analysis of the need and scope for de-radicalization of former combatants, related groups and their families, which would involve both quantitative and qualitative research.
  2. An assessment of similar initiatives undertaken locally by the government, armed forces or development partners; and globally in terms of the insights they can provide for Pakistan.
  3. A detailed set of approaches and methodologies recommended for implementation in KP and/or FATA, based on the findings of 1 and 2 above. This would include proposed possible interventions with measurable outputs for the recovery and reintegration of the ex-combatants.

Duration of Assignment:               1 November to 31 December 2013

 Please submit your Technical and Financial proposals in sealed envelope to the following address no later than 15 October 2013:

UNDP Registry, Quotation/Bids/Proposals
United Nations Development Programme
Serena Business Complex, 2nd Floor, Khayaban e Suharwardy,
Islamabad, Pakistan

If you request additional information, please write to procurement.info@undp.org  the team will provide necessary information within due date. However, any delay in providing such information will not be considered a reason for extending the submission date of your proposal.  All/any query regarding the submission of the Proposal may be sent prior to the deadline at the e-mail/address mentioned above.

The envelope should be clearly marked with the name of consultancy i.e. Individual Consultancy -  To undertake research study for designing community based approaches to address radicalization of ex-combatants

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