Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, frsa

My teaching and research interest is located at the intersection between communications, peacebuilding, and conflicts in contemporary society, with particular reference to Nigeria (and the broader Lake Chad region), Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am particularly interested in how communication interventions are localized, encountered and contested in extremist and violently divided societies.  The applied area of my work involves developing and deploying contextually relevant strategic communication solutions to local and national crises and working with civil society and social movement organizations to achieve social and cultural change.

2nd Global Constructive Journalism Conference
More Responsible Journalism for Tomorrow
Panel debate: Journalism in post-conflict societies
Date: January 18, 2019
Venue: Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies,
Geneva, Switzerland
Congressional Forum to mark the 5th Anniversary of the Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping 
(Hosted by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson)
Boko Haram and the attack on Education in Nigeria since Chibok
Date: April 9, 2019
Venue: 2020, Rayburn House Office Building, 
Capitol Hill, Washington DC, USA 


University of Oxford 
Media Policy Summer Institute
(Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy) 
Technology & Policy at the Margins
Inciting Peace in Times of War: Principles, Practices, and Ethics of Peace Journalism
Date: August 9, 2019
Venue: Pembroke College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
The Bechtel Lecture
Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues
Panel on: 
Environmental Scarcity and Instability in the West African Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin
Date: April 2, 2020
Venue:  Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
RESOLVE Network Roundtable 
Developing the Next Research Agenda for the Study of Violent Extremism in North Africa and the Sahel
Current and Future Trends and Challenges in P/CVE Research
Date: July 18, 2018
Venue:  West African Research Center,
Dakar, Senegal
Sheffield Hallam University International Summer School: 
Addressing Global Challenges to Journalism and Press Freedom
The Media in War and Peace
Date: June 24, 2019
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom


RESOLVE Network Research on Secularism and Politics of Religion in the Lake Chad Basin

The third Annual Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism (RESOLVE) Network Global Forum at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) explored new approaches in Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) research.  I facilitated a salon discussion featuring RESOLVE Network Country Fellows and Principal Investigators from the Lake Chad region. We discussed findings from our three-country study on secularism and the politics of religion in higher education spaces.  The project covered Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria.

To find out more and watch the entire Forum visit https://www.usip.org/events/resolve-network-2018-global-forum   

Working with women to prevent extremism using a Community Extremism Risk Assessment and Early Warning app

At-risk communities can use a new customized community extremism risk assessment (CERA) tool to systematically identify individuals that are at risk of joining Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs). The Women Action to Combat Violent Extremism and Radicalism in Northeast Nigeria  (WACVERN) is piloting a new CERA app in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in Northeast Nigeria to assess the likelihood of an individual getting radicalized, based on available local information. The risk factors are based on a set of characteristics demonstrated by a significant percentage of known extremist offenders in various contexts.   CERA is currently being used by local women in the three states to help build a community-level shield of resilience against radicalization.   CERA is being used along with Beliepedia (a mobile app that compares texts in the Bible and the Qur'an on some questions of shared concern between Christians and Muslims) to promote religious tolerance. 


Using Radio to support education during complex emergencies

In war-torn/crises societies, where schools have been shut down, radio can indeed be relied upon to provide primary and early secondary education for displaced and out-of-school children. I led the radio instruction component of a USAID-funded Technology Enhanced Learning for All (TELA) project in Adamawa State, northeast Nigeria.  Children exposed to our new Transactional Radio Instruction (TRI) model, improved literacy skills by an average of 97%, against baseline early grade reading assessments (EGRA) after six months of exposure to the radio lessons and monthly mobile classroom visits. More interestingly, they demonstrated a stronger interest in education.  This fulfilled the strategic objective of the project which included making formal education, which Boko Haram prohibits, more appealing to out-of-school children and people in the local community.  

© 2018 by Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob 

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