A decade after 9/11, there is increasing focus on preventing terrorism, not just responding to it. CGCC is working with governments and experts to identify best practices in terrorism prevention and foster innovative program design. In this regard, CGCC has promoted closer cooperation and collaboration among key stakeholders, including the United Nations, national governments, experts, and civil society. CGCC projects have included training and workshops for officials on topics such as countering violent extremism and the evaluation of terrorism prevention efforts. Additionally, roundtables brought together key actors for policy development discussions and addressed topics such as role of the Security Council in terrorism prevention, the roles of women in terrorism, and counterterrorism and the rule of law.
CGCC has also produced research and reports on issues relating to terrorism prevention efforts. One report considered how strategic communication practices may be applied to the United Nations and strengthen its preventive capacities; another reviewed existing approaches to the evaluation of counterterrorism efforts and proposed a set of key principles to inform the development of evaluation practices. CGCC's prevention work is informed by its regional initiatives, which aim to strengthen national and regional capacities to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism.
Planning for Prevention: A Framework to Develop and Evaluate National Action Plans to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism
In December 2015, the UN Secretary-General’s plan of action on preventing violent extremism encouraged member states to “consider developing a national plan of action to prevent violent extremism which sets national priorities for addressing the local drivers of violent extremism.” Established in partnership between the Global Center and the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, this policy brief establishes a framework to develop and evaluate National Action Plans (NAPs) on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Based on the key good practice components identified in the international literature on NAPs across policy fields ranging from sustainable development to tuberculosis control, this framework aims to improve approaches to P/CVE strategic planning by national authorities. This framework may enable a range of stakeholders to better assess the strengths and weaknesses of new or existing P/CVE NAPs, as well as provide basic guidelines to support and further improve their development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Read More
Second in a Series of Train the Trainers Program on National Awareness Raising Delivered to Regional Moroccan Prison Officers
The Délégation générale à l’administration pénitentiaire et à la reinsertion hosted a second trainer certification ceremony at its National Training Academy, in partnership with the Global Center. The ceremony marked the certification of a further 20 trainers from five administrative regions in Morocco (Dakhla, Tanger – Tetouan – Al Hoceima, Souss – Massa, Daraa Tafilalet, L’aayoune Sakiya Hamra),who will be responsible for the regional implementation of a national awareness raising course on preventing and countering violent extremism in prisons. The ceremony was officiated by the director of the National Training Academy of the Moroccan prison service, with participation of officials from the Embassy of Great Britain, and the executive director of the Global Center. Read More
Building on its previous analyses of the UN’s counterterrorism programs, the Global Center, with the generous support of the governments of Norway, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, has produced an independent report containing recommendations to support multilateral efforts to address terrorism and violent extremism in advance of the sixth review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) scheduled to occur on 26 and 27 June 2018. In addition to identifying ways to improve the development, coordination, delivery, and impact of the UN’s efforts, the report looks at what can be done to ensure that the sixth review can be used to more systematically assess the effectiveness of the UN efforts to support the implementation of the GCTS at headquarters, on the ground, and, importantly, between the two. Read More
Train the Trainers Program on National Awareness Raising Delivered to Regional Moroccan Prison Officers
The Délégation générale à l’administration pénitentiaire et à la reinsertion (DGAPR) hosted a trainer certification ceremony at its headquarters in partnership with the Global Center. The ceremony marked the certification of 22 trainers from five administrative regions in Morocco (Fes-Meknes, Rabat-Sale-Kenitra, Casablanca-Settat, Marrakesh Safi, and Beni Mellal Khenifra), who are now ready to deliver a one-day awareness raising course on preventing and countering violent extremism in prisons across the country. It was officiated by high ranking officials from the DGAPR, including the delegate general and the director of the National Training Academy, ambassadors of donor countries, and the executive director of the Global Center. Read More
Based on his experience policing during the Troubles in Northern Ireland and supporting the police reform process following the Good Friday Agreement, Stephen White offers a practitioner’s perspective on how police-community relations eventually were moved from a place of distrust in certain sections of society to one of wider acceptance and partnership. The policy brief highlights how implementing a comprehensive community policing strategy can serve as a means and an end in itself when dealing with drivers of intercommunal violence and violent extremism. Read More
Going Local: Supporting Community-Based Initiatives to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism in South and Central Asia
Within South and Central Asia a vibrant and independent civil society has been working to tackle many of the ongoing development, political, and socioeconomic challenges that often give rise to an environment conducive to violent extremism. This report captures key lessons, good practices, and insights gained through a two-year program to support efforts by civil society groups in the region to prevent and counter violent extremism. It concludes with key recommendations for policymakers, practitioners, and donors to consider as they look to initiate or increase support for preventing and countering violent extremism initiatives in the region. Read More
The Global Center, in close partnership with the Délégation générale à l’administration pénitentiaire et à la reinsertion delivered training for 50 new recruits staff of the National Training Academy of the Moroccan prison service. Following the implementation of the training, the National Training Academy went on to successfully deliver basic training to the remaining 450 new recruits of the National Training Academy. The training, co-developed by experienced international practitioners from the Global Center and expert trainers from the Moroccan prison service, undertakes the objective of sensitizing all Moroccan prison staff to the challenges of radicalization and recruitment to violent extremism in prisons, and the role of prison staff in promoting positive practices which reinforce positive staff-prisoner relationships. Read More
The Global Center delivered the third Countering Violent Extremism in Prisons (CVE-P) Training in Indonesia in cooperation with the Indonesian Directorate General of Corrections (DGC). The training targeted frontline prison staff working with violent extremist offenders in Indonesia, to help them manage this population, and better identify and address radicalization and recruitment to violent extremism in prisons. For the first time since the program was initiated, the training was preceded by a training-of-trainer (ToT) workshop, for 5 trainers selected by the DGC, who had previously participated in the CVE-P Program as trainees. Read More
The Global Center, a Global Solutions Exchange (GSX) Steering Commitee member, helped to organize and participate in an all-day civil society event on the margins of the 72nd UN General Assembly. This event, marking the GSX’s first year of activity, brought dozens of civil society practitioners – many at the helm of women and youth organizations – from around the globe together with representatives from national and local authorities and multilateral institutions, to highlight their unique contributions to reducing recruitment and radicalization to violent extremism in their communities. Read More
Policymakers and practitioners have increasingly recognized that a closer understanding of the roles women play in relation to preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) is critical to developing tailored strategies to strengthen resilience against extremist violence, and support victims and survivors of terrorist attacks. This project aims to advance the role of women in P/CVE efforts at the national and local levels in Southeast Asia. Read More