02 May 2023
Rehabilitation and reintegration (R&R) are not linear processes or autonomous lines of effort. Effective R&R is a multifaceted process requiring a full spectrum of multistakeholder, whole-of-government, and whole-of-society responses that address the needs of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs), their families, the victims and their local communities.
On 2 May, an interactive, in-person side event was held on the margins of the 21st GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting in Cairo, Egypt. The GCTF FTF WG, co-chaired by the United States and Jordan, and the CVE WG, co-chaired by Australia and Indonesia, partnered to deliver an event that focused on addressing the challenges related to rehabilitation and reintegration of returning FTFs and their associated family members.
The workshop builds on the GCTF documents:
The side event provided a platform for participants to examine the role that governments, law enforcement, academia, civil society, non-government organizations (NGOs), and community organizations play in the rehabilitation, reintegration, and resocialization efforts, and in the repatriation of FTFs.
The event helped promote collective dialogue and information exchange on capacity building and strengthening of good practices tailored to local contexts and human security perspectives. Through its interactive set-up, the free-flow of dialogue was encouraged by means of question and answer-driven panels to help tap into the core challenges that the GCTF Inspired Institutions, and civil society organizations identify in their work today.
The workshop brought together practitioners and experts from the GCTF Members; the GCTF Inspired Institutions, civil society and NGOs to promote effective, evidence-based best practices from existing responses to the complex social, security and human rights dimensions of rehabilitating and reintegrating FTFs and their family members.