Civil society initiatives, which could include non-governmental organisations, community groups, faith-based organisations, and initiatives undertaken by populations affected by violent extremism, play a vital role in the GCERF model at the local, national, and international levels. Whether providing input into the deliberations of the GCERF Governing Board, participating in Country Support Mechanisms in beneficiary countries, or implementing projects on the ground, civil society is integral to the success of GCERF.
Foundations play an integral role in the GCERF public-private partnership model. As a result of their experience working with community organisations, foundations can provide expertise to GCERF at the international and local levels.
GCERF benefits from the breadth of knowledge and expertise offered by Policy, Think, and Do Tanks. Institutes that conduct scholarly research and training, and promote dialogue, are valued partners that can support efforts to identify local drivers of radicalisation to violence and counter the influence of violent extremist agendas at the local, national, and international level.
Violent extremism threatens not only the safety of citizens, but also economic development and stability of business operations; it disrupts the markets where business work, the supply chains that businesses depend on, and the communities that comprise the local labor for these companies. GCERF offers an opportunity for private sector companies with a vested interest in the security and stability of at-risk communities to invest in positive grassroots initiatives to strengthen community resilience against violent extremist agendas. Whether through experience, expertise, extensive networks, or access to resources, the private sector can serve as a major asset to GCERF in a number of unique and flexible ways.