P/CVE Frontline Workers Participate in PAVE Training

February 2023

Photo: Antonio Navarro – Fundea

Hosted by the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers and Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies, frontline professionals, community leaders and civil society representatives working with diaspora communities in and around Spain gathered in Granada, Spain to participate in a pilot training exploring key factors to community vulnerability and resilience, as the as part of the European Union funded ‘Preventing and Addressing Violent Extremism through Community Resilience in the Western Balkans and the MENA’ project.

Predicated upon the key findings of PAVE research, the training session enhanced understanding about the transnational interactions, including impact on and from Europe, contributing to violent extremism and the associated vulnerability and resilience factors to P/CVE, especially as it relates to working with diaspora communities.

Photo: Antonio Navarro – Fundea

As part of the training, participants mapped components of community vulnerability and resilience as it relates to violent extremism within their contexts and identified vulnerability factors including the lack of identity, lack of confidence, lack of psychosocial support, secularism, lack of access to economic or educational opportunities and diaspora communities feeling as though they are integrated within the broader host community, to name a few.

Subsequently, participants then brainstormed challenges and solutions on how community stakeholders can meaningfully support an inclusive ‘whole of society’ approach within their P/CVE work, including through the engagement of migrants, faith actors and communities, LGBTQIA community members, youth and women. 

As a PAVE project partner, the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers has developed a total of five training modules to support capacity building and peer-to-peer learning for relevant stakeholders seeking to promote a local multi-stakeholder approach within various thematic areas addressing P/CVE, as a mechanism to promote community-level resilience. The training resources will be publicly available on the PAVE website following the conclusion of the PAVE project in mid-April.

Photo: Antonio Navarro – Fundea

About the PAVE Project

The European Union funded ‘Preventing and Addressing Violent Extremism through Community Resilience in the Western Balkans and the MENA’ (PAVE) research project (2020-23) tackles the global issue of radicalization by examining its root causes and driving factors with focus on community level resilience and vulnerability analysis. Research conducted in selected municipalities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Tunisia, North Macedonia, Iraq, Serbia, and Lebanon, revealed that the integration of multi-stakeholder approaches within community and national policies and programs to prevent and counter violent extremism and strengthen community resilience to violent extremist radicalization and recruitment.

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