The IIJ pursues its mission in the context of an evolving terrorism and transnational threat environment, and as part of a dynamic counter-terrorism community. Essential for effective capacity-building and to maximise sustainable impact for both beneficiaries and supporters of our efforts are effective partnerships and collaboration at the national, regional and international levels.
Leveraging existing partnerships and subject-matter expertise, and identifying new opportunities and synergies, are key priorities for the IIJ. This includes collaboration with training centres and academies, research networks, universities, GCTF partners, United Nations bodies, other multilateral organisations, and relevant non-governmental organisations and private sector foundations.
The GCTF – or Global Counterterrorism Forum – is an international platform of 30 members (29 countries and the European Union) with a mission to reduce the vulnerability of people worldwide to terrorism by preventing, combating and prosecuting terrorist acts, and countering incitement and recruitment to terrorism.
The IIJ works closely with the GCTF Co-Chairs, Canada and Morocco, and the Forum’s Administrative Unit, to support the GCTF mission and the development and implementation of GCTF good practices and tools.
These GCTF good practices and other practitioner-resources are integrated across, and form an important foundation for the IIJ’s rule of law capacity-building mandate.
The IIJ also supports the activities of many GCTF Working Groups, including the Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group, hosting meetings and workshops, contributing to initiatives, and proactively identifying opportunities and synergies through which to support and advance the GCTF and IIJ missions.
The IIJ works closely and collaboratively with its fellow GCTF-Inspired Institutions:
Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund
Based in Geneva, the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives through a public-private funding mechanism to strengthen resilience against violent extremist agenda.
Based in Abu Dhabi, an International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, and a key operational delivery arm for the GCTF’s CVE efforts.
GCERF is a global fund that strengthens community resilience by supporting local initiatives to address the drivers of violent extremism. In December 2020, the IIJ and GCERF, fellow GCTF-Inspired Institutions, signed a memorandum of understanding formally recognising and further enhancing this key institutional partnership. This agreement formalises many years of informal collaboration, and charts a path forward for identifying opportunities for collaboration, and dovetailing the institutions’ respective efforts to build local capacity and that of criminal justice practitioners to addressing the evolving threat of terrorism and violent extremism.
United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)
In September 2020, the IIJ and UNOCT signed a memorandum of understanding formalising and articulating a forward vision for this important partnership. The agreement provides a framework for further enhancing our cooperation to support the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, relevant UN General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions, and GCTF good practices and tools. Opportunities include research activities with the IIJ’s Academic Unit and capacity-building with the Programmatic Unit.
This important milestone builds on the 2018 UN – GCTF Ministerial Statement, which emphasised the need to build a strong and mutually reinforcing partnership between the GCTF and the United Nations. As a GCTF-Inspired Institution, the IIJ is proud to be further building and advancing this important partnership.
A group of organisations that pledged in June 2014 to work collaboratively to support, and ensure the success of, the IIJ.
In the years that have followed the establishment of the IIJ, the Valletta Partners have been key allies in the Institute’s development and active collaborators and partners.
Partner with the IIJ
The IIJ prioritises partnerships as essential for realising missions, for leveraging the success of the international community’s
counter-terrorism and rule of law efforts, and for ensuring sustainable impact for beneficiaries and donors alike.
We welcome interest from both governmental and non-governmental bodies who are interested in partnering with the IIJ.