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Countering Violent Extremism: An Introductory Guide to Concepts, Programming, and Best Practices
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Brussels | 2019 | 187 p.
Corporate author: 
Search for Common Ground (SFCG)
Asia and the Pacific

This curriculum aims to update the best practices and experience gained in the process of countering violent extremism. The anti-violent extremism program, adapted for Central Asia, is designed to train civil servants and civil society organizations. This curriculum delivers a contextually literate countering violent extremism and awareness-raising training program that is relevant to your context in an accessible way. It highlights the benefits of collaborative approaches beyond the use of military or securitized responses to violent extremism, drawing on good practices, and offers tools and guidance for easy adaptation to your local context and cultures. Finally, it encourages the early identification and mitigation of risks with programming, as well as ensuring a Do No Harm approach.
While this curriculum will offer guidance around how to design, implement, and monitor constructive responses to violent extremism, an understanding of project management is assumed. Therefore, it is not a training program on general project management skills, monitoring and evaluation, or on fundraising.
Since the problem of violent extremism is complex and highly context-specific, it is also not a guide to the drivers of violent radicalization in your local context, nor does it proscribe the programs and policies that would be most effective. Instead, it introduces you to the guiding questions and tools necessary to make informed and effective choices in your own efforts to counter violent extremism.


Resource Type: 
Toolkits and practical guides
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Peace / Culture of peace
Preventing violent extremism
Sustainable development / Sustainability / Environmental
Level of education: 
Secondary education
Higher education


Violence; Peace building; Education for sustainability; Social media; CVE