COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

In recognition of the multi-faceted solutions to violent extremism, it is crucial to ensure the threat is approached in a comprehensive manner. To do this, government entities must share the burden of countering violent extremism with community actors. Accordingly, Hedayah prioritizes community engagement with multiple actors among its key expertise. Existing CVE efforts have begun to integrate perspectives of various local actors including youth, gender, families, police officers and religious leaders. Under community engagement, this also includes building the capacities of NGOs, civil society, semi-government organizations and international organizations to effectively implement CVE activities.
We focus on taking these initiatives further by ensuring that local actors and practitioners are well equipped with the tools and knowledge through a variety of trainings and funding opportunities. Hedayah works to develop specific and tailored capacity building curricula to guide a wide range of practitioners, including social workers and law enforcement agencies in supporting families through the CVE-cycle.
For example, we engage with Police Academies in priority countries to embed culturally-literate CVE approaches into their training curricula. This program offers a considered process of curriculum development, aided by a train the trainers approach. Importantly, this offers a sustainable alternative to ‘one off’ international trainings for on the ground police officers.

Expertise

NATIONAL STRATEGIES AND ACTION PLANS

Hedayah provides technical assistance for governments to develop National Action Plans to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism. This includes supporting the design, review, implementation, and evaluation of national strategies and action plans to respond comprehensively and effectively to violent extremism in the national and local contexts.

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STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION AND MESSAGING

Violent extremist organizations disseminate their ideology to radicalize and recruit individuals via various mediums. Hedayah implements programs to build the capacities of governments, NGOs, CSOs, and other organizations to counter these messages through strategic communications – both off-and online.

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EDUCATION

As part of the follow-up action plan to the Abu Dhabi Memorandum on Good Practices for Education and CVE, we continue our efforts to further understand and strengthen the relationship between education and CVE.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

In recognition of the multi-faceted solutions to violent extremism, we must approach the threat in a comprehensive manner. To do this, government entities should share the burden of countering violent extremism with community actors.

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DE-RADICALIZATION, DISENGAGEMENT AND REINTEGRATION

We prioritize the theme of disengagement, deradicalization and reintegration of individuals who are either in the process of radicalization, or convicted and imprisoned, or released from prison.

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