ObjectiveWhere violent extremists recruit the marginalized, GCERF aims to help communities build and strengthen positive options where communities and their members maintain cohesion during times of societal change.
OutcomesAvailability of more positive options, and an enhanced sense of purpose, inclusiveness, and acceptance of diversity among the community.
Lessons Learned1.Religious leaders can be powerful advocates for peace. Bringing religious leaders together for interfaith dialogue was highly successful and effective, even in areas where no platforms for cooperation previously existed; leaders from different faiths were keen and able to find common ground.
ObjectiveWhere violent extremists exploit governance challenges, GCERF aims to strengthen the capacity of communities to mobilise, organise, and represent their own interests.
Outcomesenhanced mobilisation, organisation, and representation of communities and their interest; as well as increased engagement and dialogue with state authorities and other stakeholders
Lessons Learned1.The work of GCERF grantees has demonstrated why community agency is a key ingredient for good governance: fostering active engagement between communities and local authorities, as well as supporting the implementation of local PVE action plans. In addition, local authorities may scale up successful activities, thereby expanding the reach of GCERF funding.
ObjectiveAs positive social and economic alternatives to what violent extremists claim to offer, GCERF aims to lift barriers that limit access to social and economic opportunities.
Outcomesremoval of barriers to access opportunities, and a more diverse range of members of the community accessing opportunities
Lessons Learned and Recommendations:1.Promoting equal access to opportunities requires adequate investment and ongoing support: GCERF grantees that provided young men and young women with small grants found that, with support, the participants spent the grants wisely and are now mostly self-employed. However, small grants need to be large enough for beneficiaries to be able to invest in lucrative and sustainable livelihood activities.
With critical thinking and confidence to resist violent extremism, GCERF aims to help individuals become more resilient to radicalisation to violent extremism through a stronger and more positive sense of self.
enhanced critical thinking and life skills, as well as through more positive sense of self, of contribution and of belonging among members of the community.
Lessons Learned and Recommendations:
1.Youth are proactive on PVE and should be empowered as change agents: They contribute to their communities’ PVE efforts in creative ways, and, in return, this vitality of community ownership gives young people a sense of purpose.
2.Most successful activities: safe spaces help increase youth and women’s confidence; sport events combined with peace messages are an effective way of engaging with young people, and give them a sense of belonging; skills acquisition training to access meaningful employment addresses the challenge of material enticements by violent extremist groups.