Sixth Annual International CVE Research Conference 2019

Launch of the Counter Narratives in South East Asia How-To Guide

On 30 August 2016, Hedayah launched its latest compendium and report titled Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in South East Asia: A How-To Guide. This report contains practical advice for civil society organizations and practitioners to develop effective narratives that counter the approaches of Daesh, Al-Qaida, Jemaah Islamiyah and other violent extremists in the region.  The guide also contains clear examples of counter-messages, case studies, and links to videos and websites that are relevant to supporting the development of counter-narratives.

The information in the compendium drew on an expert workshop hosted in Semarang, Indonesia in March 2016 where participants shared examples of counter-narratives from their countries.  Participants at the workshop included representatives from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The compendium aims to:

  • Explain existing good practice approaches to counter-messaging;
  • Reflect diverse regional practices in South East Asia;
  • Include multiple best practice case studies of effective counter-narrative campaigns from the region;
  • List commonly used terrorist narratives and corresponding counter-narratives; and
  • Link to online material (such as reference to video and audio files).

The compendium was announced on 30 August 2016 by the Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism, of the Australian Attorney-General’s Department. The compendium was a practical outcome recommended by the participants of Australia’s Regional Summit to Counter Violent Extremism, which took place in Sydney in June 2015.

The project was sponsored by the Attorney-General’s Department of Australian as part of their commitment to preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism. The compendium will be available in Bahasa, Malay and Tagalog in addition to English at a later date. 

The examples of counter-narratives contained in the compendium have also been uploaded into Hedayah’s Counter-Narrative Library, an online portal and database of existing, open-source counter-narratives. For more information on how to access the Library, please contact





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