Programmes aiming to prevent violent extremism need to be grounded in
the context in which they are intervening, based on evidence and have a
realistic monitoring framework, according to a new toolkit published by
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with
The toolkit, published on 9 March,
provides guidance to development practitioners and specialists to
improve the design, monitoring and evaluation of programmes that focus
on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE).
The first of its
kind, the toolkit provides a comprehensive set of tools on all stages of
PVE programming, responding to an urgent need to improve efficiency,
targeting and design of such programmes to ultimately have the highest
“Violent extremism has become an unprecedented
threat to international peace, security and development, and its
prevention is a priority for UNDP and our development partners,” said
Mourad Wahba, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Director of
UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States.
is a major step forward that will help development partners sharpen our
offer in this vital area – more importantly, it will help us continue to
learn and innovate with a view to scaling up our impact,” he added.
more focus on PVE programming, there is increased demand to understand
which methods achieve the most impact, and ever greater efforts across
UNDP and other organisations to sharpen methods and sharing of
“A community of practice is developing to
better inform PVE programming. But the systems and tools for
understanding the suitability of PVE as an approach and the impact PVE
interventions have in different contexts are not yet available. This
toolkit is designed to close this gap,” said Ruth Simpson, co-author of
the toolkit and Senior Lead – Development, Impact and Learning, Middle
East and North Africa at International Alert.
four sections, the toolkit covers the whole programme cycle from design
to evaluation. It starts by laying the foundations of good practice for
projects related to PVE, such as conflict and gender sensitivity. Next
it offers analysis tools for identifying factors of vulnerability and
resilience to violent extremism in the project context, building
theories of change, and developing indicators and monitoring. It then
provides guidance on developing a monitoring strategy, collecting
data and evaluation. Accompanying the toolkit is an online indicator
bank with 180 PVE-relevant indicators which can be tailored for
programmes and adapted for specific country contexts.