Improving the impact of preventing violent extremism programming

Mar 8, 2018

In 2016, the UN Secretary-General put forward a Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (PVE), which laid out the global recognition and imperative to address violent extremism. Based on this, UNDP developed a global framework for PVE which highlights that prevention needs to look beyond strict security concerns to development-related causes of and solutions to violent extremism, using a human rights-based approach.

As the pace of specific PVE programming has increased – due to the urgency around preventing a rise in violence and deaths as a result of extremist behaviour, so too has the pressure to find a silver bullet of ‘what works’.

The objective of this toolkit is to help close this gap. It is designed as a living document for UNDP practitioners and partners who are working on programmes that are either specifically focused on PVE, or have PVE-relevant elements to them. It draws on best practice for design, monitoring and evaluation in complex, conflict contexts adapting these for PVE programming. The toolkit includes modules, processes and approaches as well as an indicator bank that can be used within UNDP, with national and community- level partners and as part of a capacity-building approach around monitoring.

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