This learning summary highlights lessons learned from a project supported by Peace Direct and implemented by Aware Girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, in rural districts where patriarchal norms were deeply entrenched. The project aimed to tackle the underlying causes for the low participation of women in political processes, and included empowering women to voice their opinions and improve their leadership skills, and contribute to countering the spread of extremist narratives in the conflict-affected region.
The concept of “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) has become central to the security policy of governments around the world. Yet despite the near-ubiquity of the term there is widespread disagreement over what the concept means.To explore these issues further Peace Direct held a collaborative research project for experts and practitioners interested in this area. Over 5 days in April 2017, 118 expert participants from 36 countries took part in a series of discussions around issues relating to violent extremism and peacebuilding. This report contains reflections from a number of the participants on some of the main themes and sessions from the w
The rise of the concepts of ‘violent extremism’ (VE) and CVE has caused much discussion within peacebuilding communities around the world. Some see opportunities where the agenda of CVE and peacebuilding overlap, while others believe it is an agenda that distracts from the real root causes of conflict, and could actually undermine peacebuilding efforts. This online consultation brought together a range of experts in violent extremism and peacebuilding, from diverse contexts and expertise, to discuss these issues.
The field of ‘countering violent extremism’ (CVE) is a relatively young and fast-evolving one. Its origins in the security and defence arena, combined with a dominance by Western-based institutions and researchers, has resulted in little focus on locally-led peacebuilding perspectives and strategies. This report aims to redress that balance by highlighting local analysis and solutions following a consultation held in September 2016 with Pakistani peacebuilding practitioners and academics.
Following five years of work supporting local peacebuilding in the Sudanese province of South Kordofan, Peace Direct commissioned a mapping of local peacebuilding capacities in Unity State, across the border in South Sudan. The aim was to map local organisations and other actors, as well as the international organisations supporting local peacebuilding.