This training seminar on CVE programming in South and Southeast Asia was designed to strengthen participants’ understanding of the drivers of violent extremism, consider its particular dynamics in the region, and provide actionable tools and good practices for addressing CVE objectives in the context of multidimensional development, justice, and security initiatives. It convened a diverse group of EU delegates and member states, and government and civil society representatives from across South and Southeast Asia. The training focused on identifying and engaging local partners whose work contributes to strengthening resilience against violent extremism, considering what narratives and counter-narratives resonate with local and regional actors, and developing project ideas that contribute to addressing violent extremism in accordance with local context. Illustrative practical examples of concrete CVE activities being undertaken in the region highlighted some of the practical challenges and opportunities to undertake CVE programming in South and Southeast Asia.
The training was held under the auspices of the European Commission, facilitated by CIVIPOL, organized and instructed by a team of multidisciplinary regional and international experts, including representatives of the Global Center on Cooperative Security, and hosted by Hedayah – the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. It is the third in a series of regional trainings – the first was held in Nairobi, Kenya and covered the East Africa region and the second training was held in Dakar, Senegal and covered West Africa and the Sahel. The final training in this series will be held in Rabat, Morocco and will cover the Middle East and North Africa.