21 February 2020 | MULTIPLE REGIONS
The Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) National Action Plans (NAPs) Task Force within Hedayah has worked with 16 different countries since its inception in 2013 to facilitate the design and delivery of strategies and accompanying National Action Plans to prevent and counter violent extremism. With support from a growing number of donors, the Task Force provides pro bono technical support and training, drawing on emerging international good practice. It highlights the importance of a holistic and inclusive process, with input from relevant cross-governmental and civil society actors, to achieve a NAP that effectively reduces the threat of violent extremism.
The P/CVE National Action Plans Task Force assists governments to look at root drivers of violent extremism and assist them in developing and implementing a National Action Plan which mitigates the root drivers within the local context.
- Sensitize governmental actors to the drivers of violent extremism to foster an appreciation of the strategic imperative of P/CVE policy and practice;
- Establish sustainable cross-ministry P/CVE structures that outlive the drafting process, oversee implementation, and are better able to deal with emerging threats; and
- Provide an entry point for an increased range of coordinated, evidence-based, and measurable P/CVE activity.
The following steps represent a breakdown of the Task Force’s ideal approach with countries from start to finish in the National Action Plan development process:
- Research, Analysis, and Preparation
- Scoping and Assessment Visit
- Introductory Interactive Workshop on P/CVE and the Role of National Action Plans
- Government, Municipality and Community Engagement
- Initial Drafting of the National Action Plan
- Building Momentum for the National Action Plan
- Implementation and Monitoring Visits
The Task Force supported the following countries in developing and publishing a National Action Plan: Lebanon, Maldives, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia and Trinidad, and Tobago. Additionally, it supported Jordan in publishing a National Action Plan for Women, Peace, and Security with elements of PVE.
The Task Force also engaged with Bangladesh, Cameroon, Indonesia, Republic of North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Thailand, and Tunisia.
The Bangladesh Enterprise Institute requested the Task Force to assist in drafting a National Action Plan, which may then be adopted by the Government of Bangladesh.
Thailand has also reached out for assistance on an internal National Action Plan process in coordination with UNDP.
Upon completion and approval of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Action Plan with Task Force support, they may require further assistance in the implementation process.