The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group Co-Chairs Reflect on the Past and Future of the Working Group During its Twelfth Plenary Meeting.

28 February 2024

The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group Co-Chairs Reflect on the Past and Future of the Working Group During its Twelfth Plenary Meeting.

The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group Co-Chairs, Australia and Indonesia, reflect on delivered activities in their Twelfth Plenary organized on the margins of the 23rd GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya to strategize on the way forward to seek more cross-functional partnerships for a cohesive and integrated approach to preventing and countering violent extremism conducive to terrorism (P/CVE).

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The Convening Power of the West Africa Working Group.

26 February 2024

The Convening Power of the West Africa Working Group.

The West Africa Working Group held a side event on the margins of the GCTF’s 23rd Coordinating Committee Meeting to take stock of its achievements over the last 5 years. Regional partners explored how the Working Group’s regional meetings, supported by tailored national capacity-building activities, have benefited practitioners locally in their fight against terrorism, and how needs-focused regional events could further contribute to strengthening regional inter-agency and cross-border cooperation.

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Preventing terrorist groups from acquiring Small Arms and Light Weapons, Ammunitions and Unmanned Aircraft Systems in West Africa.

5 - 7 December 2023

Preventing terrorist groups from acquiring Small Arms and Light Weapons, Ammunitions and Unmanned Aircraft Systems in West Africa.

From 5-7 December, the West Africa Working Group (WAWG) held their second Disrupt the Networks event with a focus on preventing terrorist groups from acquiring Small Arms and Light Weapons, Ammunitions and Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the context of terrorist violence in West Africa. The meeting took place in Banjul, The Gambia. The regional event followed a previous 'Disrupt the Networks' event, which took place in Lomé, Togo, in June 2023, that focused on countering terrorist Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) networks.

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Sharpening insights of the complexities of reintegrating and rehabilitating returnees through interactive simulations

18 - 19 October 2023

Sharpening insights of the complexities of reintegrating and rehabilitating returnees through interactive simulations

The FTF Working Group, Co-Chaired by Jordan and the United States, with the support of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as implementing partner, arranged an in-person event where interactive simulations allowed practitioners and experts at the working-level to engage on the topic to uncover the challenges and dilemmas practitioners are faced with when reintegrating FTFs and their family members into their local communities.

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Gaining insights into how the good practices to a fair trial are being implemented in terrorism trials around the world.

20 September 2023

Gaining insights into how the good practices to a fair trial are being implemented in terrorism trials around the world.

GCTF CJROL Working Group and the IIJ’s CT PHARE facility, collaborate on the right to a fair trial, to be able to examine an accused person’s journey along the entire justice chain. The side event was held on margins of the 22nd Coordinating Committee Meeting and the 13th Ministerial Meeting in New York, where insights were shared from the recently held survey with experts and practitioners.

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Launching the NLC Toolkit and the Framework Document on Recommendations for Funding and Enabling Community-level P/CVE.

19 September 2023

Launching the NLC Toolkit and the Framework Document on Recommendations for Funding and Enabling Community-level P/CVE.

There is a growing concern of increased polarization in our societies and its connection to violent extremism. To tackle this phenomenon, useful tools and guidance were developed to support capacity building and stronger cooperation at the national and local levels through two initiatives led by the GCTF CVE Working Groups Co-Chairs, Australia and Indonesia. They were presented and endorsed by the GCTF Members during the 22nd GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting (18 September) and the 13th  Ministerial Plenary Meeting (20 September).

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Disrupt the Networks: Preventing and Countering the Acquisition and Use of Improvised Explosive Devices by Terrorist Groups in West Africa

20 - 22 June 2023

Disrupt the Networks: Preventing and Countering the Acquisition and Use of Improvised Explosive Devices by Terrorist Groups in West Africa

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have become a weapon of choice for terrorist groups in West Africa. They are simple to design, and their components remain cheap and easily accessible. The consequence is a steadily increasing number of IED attacks, harming innocent civilians. For regional governments, effectively responding to IED attacks is challenging due to their complex networks and illicit supply chains. To encourage dialogue and best practice sharing, a regional, three-day, in-person meeting, ‘Preventing and Countering the Acquisition and Use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by Terrorist Groups in West Africa’ was held, led by the West Africa Working Group Co-Chairs, Algeria, and Germany.

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Transforming Good Practices into Recommendations for Funding and Enabling Community-level P/CVE - the Sixth Workshop

01 June 2023

Transforming Good Practices into Recommendations for Funding and Enabling Community-level P/CVE - the Sixth Workshop

The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group hosted its sixth workshop under its Initiative on Funding and Enabling P/CVE initiatives at the Community Level, supported by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) as implementing partner. This session builds on the previous workshop, highlighting knowledge and best practice sharing in funding and enabling local P/CVE initiatives, while working towards the drafting of the framework document of recommendations.

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GCTF 21st Coordinating Committee Meeting Side Event - Addressing the Challenges Related to the Reintegration and Rehabilitation of FTFs and their Associated Family Members

02 May 2023

GCTF 21st Coordinating Committee Meeting Side Event - Addressing the Challenges Related to the Reintegration and Rehabilitation of FTFs and their Associated Family Members

Rehabilitating and reintegrating FTFs and their family members is complex on social, security and human rights dimensions. To gain a better understanding, collective dialogue and information exchange on capacity building and on the strengthening of good practices tailored to local contexts and human security perspectives, is essential.

On 2 May, an interactive, in-person side event was made possible by the Foreign Terrorist Fighter Working Group (FTF WG), co-chaired by the United States and Jordan, and the Countering Violent Extremism Working Group (CVE WG), co-chaired by Australia and Indonesia, on the margins of the 21st  GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting in Cairo, Egypt.

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