This GSX document outlines recommendations from civil society to donors that fund or are interested in funding preventing violent extremism (PVE) programming domestically and/or through development or other foreign assistance. The document reflects input received from a diverse group of international and local civil society organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks, including organizations led by women and youth, from Africa; Europe; Central, South, and Southeast Asia; and the Middle East. These organizations and networks work on preventing violent extremism through approaches including peacebuilding, conflict resolution, youth, gender, or economic empowerment, building resilience, and rehabilitation and reintegration. In addition, this document reflects some of the lessons learned from the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), the Geneva-based multilateral PVE fund.
Evidence demonstrates that efforts by governments and multilateral actors, particularly security-focused initiatives, are not sufficient to prevent violent extremism. Governments and multilateral institutions need to work more closely with other sectors of society to address the relevant underlying drivers of this phenomenon. Civil society organizations (CSOs) are especially important as they are citizen-led, locally rooted entities that have the access and long-term commitment needed to foster social cohesion and respect for equal rights and pluralism in their communities. This call for collaboration and inclusion is enshrined in the former UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and in a growing number of national PVE action plans.
There is growing recognition that effectively preventing violent extremism (PVE) and fostering sustainable peace and pluralism requires a “whole of society” effort that extends beyond governments alone to include civil society actors, particularly those with longstanding experience in leading such efforts in their communities. It draws on the strengths of all sectors to create a win-win approach. This approach is enshrined in the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action on PVE and a growing number of national PVE plans. All governments and multilateral organizations should recognize and support this critical sector as allies not adversaries in the complex, long-term struggle to prevent violent extremism from gaining a foothold in their societies.
A Global Solutions Exchange Event
21 September 2017, New York, NY
New York – 12 September 2017 – As officials and dignitaries from all across the world gather for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, a collective of civil society groups are gathering at an all-day event to draw attention to the important and innovative role that civil society and other local actors are playing in preventing violent extremism (PVE).
Hosted by the co-founders of the Global Solutions Exchange (GSX), the 21 September event brings extraordinary women, youth, and other community leaders from Canada to Cameroon, Morocco to Montenegro, and Tunisia to Tanzania to highlight their unique contributions they to reducing recruitment and radicalization to violence in their communities, including by promoting peace, resilience, equality and pluralism (PREP). Leaders of municipal-level, local prevention networks in Jordan, Lebanon, and elsewhere helping communities resist the siren call of violent extremism and reintegrate former fighters will also share their experiences.
Director of the Prevention Project and co-leader of the GSX Eric Rosand said “This event will demonstrate why it is so important that more governments take steps to recognize and support civil society as an ally and not an adversary when it comes to PVE”. GSX co-leader, and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, said “local women-led organizations and other CSOs felt the rise of violent extremism years ago and have been at the frontlines of the fight against it with innovative, positive and sustainable solutions. Launched at the UN in 2016, the GSX brings their expertise to the international arena, to inform and improve our collective knowledge and practice.”
The event will provide global and national policymakers practical recommendations and tested solutions on effectively preventing violent extremism in partnership with civil society.
What is the GSX?
The GSX is an independent civil society-led 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 GSX is committed to providing policymakers with practical solutions recognizing the unique perspectives of women- and youth-led and other civil society organizations to enable the development of sustainable “whole of society” approaches to reducing radicalization and recruitment to violence.
Who leads the GSX?
The GSX steering group consists of the ICAN, spearheading the global Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), the Prevention Project, the Global Center on Cooperative Security, the Royal United Services Institute, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and Search for Common Ground.
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