In addition to the contributions of its members, the GCTF’s strength lies in innovative, flexible partnerships and coordination with non-member states, UN bodies, other international and regional multilateral organizations and fora, and implementing partners. Relevant non-members states and other stakeholders are regularly invited by the relevant GCTF Working Group Co-chairs to participate in Working Group meetings or activities.
Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)
The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), based in Geneva, Switzerland, is the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremism in states where support is most needed. As a public-private partnership operating at the nexus of security and development, GCERF works with governments, civil society, the private sector, and the international community in beneficiary countries to support national strategies to address the local drivers of violent extremism. Approximately USD 15 million has already been committed to projects in the pilot states Bangladesh, Mali, and Nigeria. In 2016, GCERF has started working in Kenya and Kosovo. GCERF aims to raise more than USD 200 million over the next 10 years to provide grants to local, grass-roots organizations implementing CVE-focused projects. Twelve countries and the EU have already pledged USD 25 million, while other stakeholders have also provided in-kind support.
More information about GCERF is available on www.gcerf.org.
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.
More information about Hedayah is available on www.hedayah.ae.
The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ)
The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), based in Valletta, Malta, has provided invaluable support to the GCTF, and continues to do so through the development and implementation of GCTF good practices and memoranda and other initiatives with criminal justice practitioners and experts, including support of the Neuchâtel Memorandum on Good Practices for Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context and the Recommendations Relating to Contributions by Parliamentarians in Developing an Effective Response to Terrorism. In 2016, the IIJ continued to promote implementation of the GCTF good practices, including training judges and prosecutors on how to address terrorism-related activities within a rule of law framework.
More information about the IIJ is available on www.theiij.org.
International and Regional Organizations
The GCTF was established in part as a key engine to implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and has advanced practical efforts to this end, including developing framework documents and launching new international initiatives. The GCTF has partnered with multiple UN bodies and related agencies (including UNICRI, UNODC, UNCCT, ICAO) on a wide range of activities, and the UN has actively participated in the Forum’s meetings and activities. The GCTF will continue to work closely with the UN to support the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism. The GCTF has also collaborated with various regional organizations, including for example the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), to further the implementation of efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism.
The GCTF has also launched several global initiatives that serve as practical implementation of the UN Global CT Strategy. Both GCERF and Hedayah serve as a platform for Pillar I by addressing conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism. The IIJ supports Pillar IV by developing curricula that emphasize respect for human rights and the rule of law as the fundamental basis of the fight against terrorism.
The GCTF is an outward-looking forum that benefits not only its 30 members, but all states and organizations that share its goals and priorities. Non-member states and organizations are regularly invited to partner with and participate in GCTF workshops and activities, and to provide input into GCTF framework documents and tools. Since 2011, in addition to the UN bodies as UNCTED, UNODC, UNICRI, UNCCT, and UNCTITF and the GCTF-inspired institutions, countless non-GCTF member states and non-member organizations – including multilateral and non-governmental organizations and institutions at the international, regional and local levels – have participated in the Forum’s activities and work. For example, the GCTF has collaborated with regional organizations such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to promote implementation of the GCTF’s framework documents. The GCTF’s memoranda and tools are also accessible to any interested UN Member State.