The Network emphasizes in its work the importance of preventative action. The Network helps religious and traditional actors play a positive role in preventing violence, including that which is gender-based, characterized by incitement that leads to mass atrocities or the product of violent extremism. The efforts to prevent violence is driven by its aim to understand the root causes of radicalisation and violent extremism, and to support ways in which religious and traditional actors can contribute to PVE work. The UN’s current focus on prevention of violent conflict has been well noted by the Network and is perceived as an important priority across the Network activities and work. The Network has been active in Nordic, EU and international collaboration on PVE, and active members of the EU commission’s Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN). In 2019, the Network’s Senior Specialist on Peace and Security was nominated as the co-chair of the Youth, Families and Communities Working Group (RAN YF&C).
The Network focuses on building trust and establishing good practices for building collaborative methods for authorities, religious communities and NGOs to prevent violent radicalization and extremism. The Network has focused on utilizing the international experiences and good practices in Finland, and facilitating trust building as well as mutual learning and collaboration between different stakeholders in developing community based solutions for preventing violent extremism. Particular attention is paid to engage youth and women in PVE work. The PVE work in Finland is carried out in close cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, with which FCA and Network have had a collaboration agreement since 2014. Reach Out 1 –project 2016-2017 and Reach Out 2-programme 2017-2019 have been part of implementation efforts of the Finnish National Plan for Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism 2016-2019.
Preventing and Addressing Violent Extremism through Community Resilience in the Balkans and MENA (PAVE)
This project is based on a comparative assessment of local communities with features of vulnerability or resilience to violent extremism across seven case study countries. The PAVE consortium comprises partners from 12 different countries and receives project funds from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870769.
ALLY: Amplifying Leadership of Local Youth in Preventing Violent Extremism in South Asia
The ALLY Project is a youth-sensitive initiative focused at amplifying the youth voices and actions in addressing diverse factors of violence and preventing violent extremism in South Asia, particularly in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan. The project aims at increasing knowledge of these factors, enhancing the multidimensional capacity of youth leaders and their strategies, and strengthen multi-stakeholder partnerships to prevent violent extremism in South Asia. The project primarily targets youth as agency-holder and strategic allies to media and decision-makers, to increase outreach for youth-led initiatives and constructive narratives that value the religious, ethnic and cultural diversity of the region. The project contributes to filling the gap of context-specific resources and collaborative regional actions on PVE in South Asia, strengthening not only regional but also national level networks and youth movements.
ALLY is funded by the European Union and implemented in a consortium of partners, including: The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers/ Finn Church Aid, United Network of Young Peacebuilders, Rural Development Society, Center for Communication and Development, Youth Development Foundation, and Sri Lanka Unites. The project starts in March 2020 and continues for 2,5 years.
Reach Out 3
Reach Out 3 expands upon the Network and FCA’s work on prevention of violent radicalization and extremism Finland and Europe: Reach Out (2016-2017) and Reach Out 2 (2017-2019). This project is implemented in collaboration with four cooperation cities in Finland: Helsinki, Turku, Tampere and Oulu. Reach Out 3 contributes to the Networks strategic objective to nationally engage duty bearers, families and youth on the prevention of violent extremism. The Network secretariats Senior specialist co-chairs the Youth, Families and Communities Working Group of the Radicalization Awareness Network that brings together the community of practice in European Union.
OSCE and League of Arab States promote guidebook on gender-aware approaches to preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism
The Organization for Security and Cooperation launched a Guidebook in Arabic on gender, prevention...
Press Release: Understanding the Drivers of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism: Launch of International Research Project PAVE
Berlin, Germany, 19 February 2020 – The new EU research project PAVE (Preventing and Addressing...