The GCTF Inspired Institutions

The GCTF Inspired Institutions—the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), Hedayah, and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) are valued partner organizations. The Inspired Institutions were established under distinct mandates shortly after the GCTF was founded to complement and reinforce the Forum’s activities across the globe.

The Inspired Institutions are independent organizations that lead capacity-building projects in many regions of the world, including North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, South and Southeast Asia. Their work has included implementing GCTF products tackling topics such as foreign-terrorist fighters, countering violent extremism conducive to terrorism, as well as criminal justice and the rule of law.

The GCTF and the Inspired Institutions have a privileged relationship that relies on regular cooperation and coordination.

The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) is the global fund for preventing violent extremism. Since its inception, GCERF has reached more than 2 million people in communities at risk of violent extremism. GCERF connects local communities to global resources, supporting grassroots initiatives that are typically out of reach for international donors, helping them to thrive. As multilateral organisation, GCERF builds local partners’ capacity and then connects them to national governments, foundations, and businesses for long-term success. This ensures sustainability and the ability to scale. GCERF considers PVE a global public good, and its approach immunizes communities from violent extremist agendas - creating a safer and more prosperous world. By filling a funding gap at the local level and delivering results GCERF operationalizes the GCTF Good Practices and Memoranda, and  reinforces the UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism. GCERF is ODA-eligible.
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Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is a key operational delivery arm for the Forum’s CVE efforts. It is an essential partner in the development and implementation of the Abu Dhabi Memorandum on Good Practices for Education and Countering Violent Extremism, including through the ongoing GCTF-OIC initiative on CVE and religious education. In addition, Hedayah manages the Catalogue of FTF-related CVE and Returnee Programs under the auspices of the FTF Working Group, which serves as a living resource for interested states.
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The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), based in Malta, is an international training institute delivering practical and sustainable rule of law-based capacity-building for criminal justice practitioners. With Programmatic Unit-led shorter-form courses addressing emerging threats and challenges, and Academic Unit-led foundational courses, the IIJ serves as a key knowledge hub for practitioners in its geographic areas of focus: North, West and East Africa, and the Middle East, with select engagement in South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Balkans and Central Asia, and beyond. The IIJ designs and delivers effective practitioner-oriented capacity-building, tailored to the needs of criminal justice practitioners in these regions and the specific contexts in which they serve. Continual monitoring and evaluation against comprehensive indicators throughout the programme lifecycle enriches programmatic design, ensures sustainable impact for practitioners and their home agencies, and provides accountability for IIJ donors.

A leading implementer of the GCTF framework documents, IIJ programmes and courses support practitioners and their institutions at the national, regional and sectoral levels. IIJ curricula prioritise the practical application of the GCTF memoranda and international good practices to real-world challenges faced by criminal justice practitioners. The IIJ provides invaluable support to the GCTF, including by hosting meetings and supporting Working Group initiatives, including those under the Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group. The IIJ has also led, in partnership with Working Group Co-Chairs, the development of many GCTF framework memoranda, including the Neuchâtel Memorandum on Good Practices for Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context, the Valletta Recommendations Relating to Contributions by Parliamentarians In Developing an Effective Response to Terrorism, and the Rabat – Washington Good Practices on the Prevention, Detection, Intervention and Response to Homegrown Terrorism. More information about the IIJ is available at