STRIVE Juvenile

Technical Assistance

STRIVE Juvenile is expected to be implemented in three partner countries (Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria). The selection of partner countries was carried out according to a number of cross-cutting eligibility criteria, including responsiveness of the proposed action to contextual needs, political will, accessibility and trust, added-value, regional role, aiming to maximize:

1. National ownership

2. Added-value, effectiveness and sustainability of the proposed activities

3. Opportunities of multiplier effect


Target Groups

A notable variety of actors will be involved in the action, which targets both professionals in the area of security and those in the area of child rights, in the selected partner countries, with a focus on actors of the justice system. A non-exhaustive list of target groups includes:

  • Government institutions, in particular, policy makers and ministries with oversight for judicial authorities and government legislative programmes, including Ministries of Justice, Social Welfare, Health, Education, Child Affairs and Interior;

  • Criminal justice professionals, including law enforcement authorities, prosecution and court authorities, public defenders and other legal aid providers;

  • Security Sector;

  • Other actors in charge of fulfilling child rights, including child protection services, social services, health care and mental health professionals, educators and ombudsmen;

  • Staff of custodial facilities where children are held in connection with terrorism-related charges;

  • Private sector organizations and civil society;

  • National training institutions, especially for justice and security professionals;

  • Children in communities affected by recruitment by terrorist groups, including children formerly associated with the groups; children in contact with the justice system, including those deprived of their liberty, in relation to a terrorism-related offence (either as victims/witnesses and as alleged offenders); children affected by the FTF phenomenon.

  • All actors who work for/with children;

  • Communities, families and children in general.

Latest News

STRIVE Juvenile Nigeria 1st RoundTable & Steering Committee Meeting led by the Office of the National Security Adviser... read more

Launch of STRIVE Juvenile in Iraq to combat terrorist and violent extremism recruitment and exploitation of children... read more

1st STRIVE Juvenile Project Coordination Meeting in Indonesia led by the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) and co-chaired by the EU and UNODC... read more

Presentation of STRIVE Juvenile during the 30th CCPCJ Special Event on the 'UNODC Roadmap', which gathers high-level speakers from partner countries... read more

Nigeria and its Office of the National Security Advisor, together with the EU and UNODC, launched the STRIVE Juvenile project in Nigeria... read more

Indonesia through BNPT joined the STRIVE Juvenile Partnership funded by the EU and will cooperate with UNODC to prevent and counter violent extremism affecting children... read more


Selected Countries

When dealing with the phenomenon of child recruitment and exploitation and its consequences, there are several common as well as specific national challenges that governments have to face when combining an effective counter-terrorism agenda with the fulfilment of child rights. In line with other EU STRIVE initiatives around the world, UNODC will implement STRIVE Juvenile in partnership with the selected countries, with the aim to enhance government strategies, policies, and mechanisms, designed to disrupt terrorist groups’ recruitment and exploitation of children, while supporting their rehabilitation and reintegration and strengthening their resilience against violent extremism agendas. The empowerment of these children and their communities will play a key role in building long-lasting peace and stability at the national and regional levels.

Main challenges to addressed:

- Obstacles to building evidence-based interventions and disseminating knowledge

- Legal and policy challenges

- Issues faced by professionals

- Children’s resilience and multi-stakeholder approaches