Multi-Actor P/CVE Interventions Workstream
Multi-sector and multi-level collaboration within each country has increasingly been recognised by policymakers and practitioners as an important tool to identify, intervene, redirect and support individuals who are assessed to be ‘vulnerable to’, ‘at-risk of’ or already on the path to radicalisation to violent extremism and/or have expressed interest in engaging in terrorist activity, but have not committed crimes.
One of these forms of collaboration are so-called ‘referral mechanisms’, which involve one or more local actors including social and health workers, religious mentors, family members and civil society organisations. Such mechanisms enable the mobilisation of stakeholders who may be better placed to deliver an effective and preventative intervention because they have a particular competence, expertise, perceived credibility or legitimacy not possessed by local law enforcement authorities. These stakeholders can help bridge the gap where a case of concern has been identified, but law enforcement action is deemed not appropriate.
Acknowledging the effectiveness of these programmes, the IIJ has developed and piloted a first-of-its-kind curriculum to support the development and implementation of multi-actor intervention platforms for preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) across the world.
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UN CT Week: Multi-Actor P/CVE Interventions
In June 2021, in the margins of the Second UN Counter-Terrorism Week, the IIJ and European Union co-hosted a Side Event launching a first-of-its-kind training curriculum to support the design and implementation of multi-actor intervention programmes for preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). One hundred front-line practitioners and representatives of UN and GCTF Member States, international organisations and civil society participated. Speakers included Ms. Rehema Zaid, an IIJ Alum from Kenya who completed training under this new curriculum. Ms. Zaid highlighted some of the challenges that have traditionally hindered P/CVE activities in her community, and how the IIJ’s innovative curriculum supports practitioners in addressing these challenges. The Danish Centre for Prevention of Extremism’s Ms. Katrina Gillman, and Mr. Borche Petrevski, North Macedonia National Coordinator for CT and CVE, also shared their respective country models, which emphasis the importance of multi-actor coordination and collaboration – central themes of the IIJ training curriculum.