Who we are
Since 2014, UNDP has built a cohesive practice on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) - including the reintegration of foreign terrorist fighters - in more than 40 countries as part of the Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions (CPPRI) Global Programme. The Global PVE Team at the Crisis Bureau in New York supports and advances these efforts through thought leadership, research and evidence-based policy development. UNDP welcomes practitioners across the UN system, the UN Member States as well as the civil society, the private sector and the public to discover development solutions which build on people’s agency to create avenues for enhanced community resilience, ultimately building and sustaining peace.
Guided by the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (2016), UNDP designs and implements risk-informed, conflict-sensitive, and analysis-based development solutions for PVE at the global, regional, and country levels. Recognizing the rising evidence on the aggravating effects of merely security-driven responses to terrorism, as well as the role of development-related grievances, including poverty, corruption, lack of service delivery, and social exclusion in violent extremist groups’ (VEGs) recruitment efforts, UNDP aims to address both push and pull factors, mitigating the deprivations underpinning the decisions to join VEGs.
The UNDP-DPPA Programme assists Turkmenistan in launching an online Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Learning Platform
The UNDP in Turkmenistan has created a specialized online learning platform for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), featuring a self-paced online lear...
UNDP and partners enhance national capacity on providing community-based mental health and psychosocial support to vulnerable youth and women
Within the project “Building a national capacity on providing community-based Mental health and psycho-social support to vulnerable youth and women as preventive ...
UNDP strengthens the national capacity to provide community-based psychosocial support to youth and women
UNDP in Turkmenistan organized intersectoral consultations at the roundtable on “Community-based psychosocial support for vulnerable young people and women”, whic...
“It Begins With Words and Each of Us: Effective Action to Counter Hate Speech”
Statement by Crisis Bureau Director, Asako Okai, at the High Level event marking the 2nd International Day for Countering Hate Speech
Our work is informed by its unique blend of development and conflict-sensitivity capacities, neutrality, and partnerships at all levels.
Here are some key facts about our work*.
*Data as of March 2022.
implement PVE programming
supported participatory & inclusive monitoring of National Action Plans
assist return and reintegration of ex-combatants
enhance religion and faith-based dialogue
address online hate speech and radicalisation
integrate MHPSS in peacebuilding
Dynamics of Violent Extremism in Africa
This report details the modus operandi and the evolution of violent extremist groups in Africa, examining how these groups have increased their influence as ideological affiliates of global terrorist organizations such as ISIL and Al-Qaeda.
Journey to Extremism in Africa
The second iteration of the Journey to Extremism research stems from the need to improve understanding of what drives violent extremism in Africa, and what can be done to prevent it.