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.
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 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
The Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations together with the Global Center hosted an expert panel discussion at UN Headquarters in New York on experiences in the implementation of national strategies and action plans to prevent violent extremism (PVE). The event included opening remarks by Ms. Paula Risikko, Minister of the Interior, Finland and presentations from Finland, Kenya, and the European Union on the development and implementation of PVE strategies and action plans, highlighting good practices and challenges when moving from plans to action. Read More
Updated Guidance on ODA-Eligible Activities for Preventing Violent Extremism: Implications and Opportunities for the European Union
This paper assesses how the revised Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines will impact the European Union (EU) and its decisions on financing external support for actions to prevent violent extremism. It examines the situation before and after the revision to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ODA eligibility rules, and concludes with specific recommendations for the EU to consider, including: devoting more resources to activities aimed at preventing violent extremism (PVE) across a wider array of EU Instruments (geographic and thematic); and urging the EU and its member states to press the OECD to collect, analyze, and disseminate data on how PVE funds are spent when recorded as ODA. Read More
The Strong Cities Network (SCN) and the City of Dakar convened the first SCN regional practitioner workshop in Dakar, Senegal. The two-day workshop, organized by the Global Center and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, brought together city representatives across East and West Africa to share ideas, lessons, and good practices in developing and implementing local initiatives to prevent and counter violent extremism. Read More
Practitioner Exchange on Managing Violent Extremist Offenders: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges
The increase in number of terrorism-related offenders, including as a result of the return of foreign terrorist fighters back to their countries of origin, poses a set of new questions and challenges around the role of prison and probation services in developing sustainable approaches to violent extremist offender management and the role of corrections in promoting effective rehabilitation and reintegration. This practitioner exchange, organized by the Global Center (UK), took stock of the progress, lessons learned, and innovations around the management of violent extremist offenders over the last decade and examined current and future challenges in dealing with violent extremism within prison and probation services in the United Kingdom and around the world. Read More
This policy brief, produced by the Global Center and Inclusive Security, explores ways of enhancing a cross-sectoral approach to integrating inclusion of gender and women as a core component of the United Nations and member state P/CVE efforts while developing a closer understanding of the potential points of convergence between the P/CVE and women, peace, and security agendas. It takes stock of multilateral efforts in this area and concludes with a set of practical recommendations for UN member states, entities, and stakeholders on ways to integrate attention to gender and enhance women’s meaningful inclusion in P/CVE. Read More