Co-Chaired by the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group focuses on diminishing radicalization and recruitment to terrorism through internationally-, regionally-, nationally- and locally-owned and relevant approaches to CVE. The CVE Working Group has joined with partners (states and organizations) to promote and advance the understanding of community engagement, community-oriented policing, the role of families and the community in CVE, and the role of religious education in CVE.
It is also encouraging the implementation of relevant GCTF documents and tools, through supporting the development of National Action Plans (in line with the vision of the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action on Preventing Violent Extremism) and through the promotion of joint initiatives with other GCTF Working Groups, including on strategic communications and de-radicalization and counter-narrative programs in prisons. Working Group initiatives are guided by the GCTF’s Ankara Memorandum on Good Practices for a Multi-Sectoral Approach to CVE, other relevant framework documents, and the Working Group’s work plan.
Current areas of focus of the CVE Working Group are:
- Four priority work streams: (i) facilitating the sharing of lessons learned and supporting the development of national action plans to counter violent extremism, with the aim to implement the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism; (ii) support for the cross-cutting Initiative to Address the Life Cycle of Radicalization to Violence; (iii) identifying priority regions for focused CVE support; and (iv) guiding priority research areas, linking to policy implementation and further developing evaluation.
- Promoting implementation of the CVE-developed tools under the GCTF’s Life Cycle Initiative, namely The Role of Families in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: Strategic Recommendations and Programming Options, and the ongoing project to develop a tool on CVE and religious education.
- A new Initiative on Strategic Communications and Social Media Aspects in Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE). Led by Switzerland, in collaboration with the United Kingdom, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), and the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), will seek to develop a comprehensive understanding of potential approaches and methodologies for governments to counter violent extremisms online, drawing synergies where possible with existing initiatives related to P/CVE online. The initiative aims at developing an outcome document to be adopted by GCTF Members in September 2017.
- The P/CVE National Action Plans Task Force, led by Hedayah and the Global Center on Cooperative Security (GCCS), will build on the Guidelines and Good Practices for Developing National CVE Strategies through work with at least four target states in the next 18 months to design, develop, and implement realistic P/CVE National Action Plans.
- Continued work with Hedayah, as a key operational delivery arm for the Forum’s CVE efforts.
- A partnership with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to further implement the GCTF’s Abu Dhabi Memorandum on Good Practices for Education and Countering Violent Extremism, which focuses on education as a tool to prevent and counter violent extremism.