The Global Solutions Exchange (GSX) is a global civil society advocacy, policy analysis, and collaboration platform dedicated to preventing violent extremism (PVE) and supporting the implementation of relevant global frameworks at the regional, national, and local levels. The need for systematic and structured civil society-government interactions around the global PVE agenda, including for the purpose of helping to ensure that PVE policies and programs are informed by on-the-ground realities particularly for and by women-led organizations, was the primary impetus for the initial launch of the GSX in September 2016 by the Royal Norwegian Government in partnership with International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) which it spearheads. Its overarching purpose is to enable more systematic engagement between CSOs and governments, and multilateral bodies, to share knowledge, perspectives, and solutions in promoting a “whole of society”, gender-sensitive approach to PVE policies and practices and to promote greater collaboration among independent civil society organizations (CSOs) at the local, national, regional, and global levels working to prevent violent extremism and promote peace, rights, equality and pluralism as necessary elements to countering the spread of violent extremism. The GSX is committed to providing policymakers with concrete, practical recommendations to enable them to develop and implement sustainable “whole of society” approaches to reducing radicalization and recruitment to violence.
There is growing recognition from policymakers, practitioners, and other experts that a limited security-oriented approach is insufficient for addressing the conditions that lead to rising violent extremism, and thus a more holistic, “whole of society” effort is needed to prevent and counter this threat.
Managing, reducing, and preventing the threat of violence while providing positive alternatives that foster pluralism, dignity, and human security, requires partnerships among a wide array of government and non-government stakeholders.
The Global Solutions Exchange (GSX)* serves as a durable mechanism for systematic and structured interactions among governments, multilateral organizations, and independent civil society actors with a track record in programming, analysis, gender perspectives or policy advocacy to build resilience against violent extremism.
The GSX seeks to bring policy makers and practitioners from different sectors and perspectives together to share knowledge and solutions. While we welcome this diversity of opinions as a means of reaching better outcomes, the views expressed at GSX events, by steering group members or other partners do not necessarily reflect the views of all such members and partners.
The Steering Group is co-led by ICAN, in its capacity as coordinator of WASL, and the Prevention Project during its initial phase from 2017-2019 with the Global Center, GCSP, RUSI, and Search for Common Ground as the other initial members. This group may expand over time depending on the needs and requirements of the GSX. Individual members will assume a discrete role in leading implementation, drawing on their relevant expertise, and ensuring inclusion and collaboration with other steering group partners in each area of activity.