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A preventive approach


UNDP’s approach to prevention of violent extremism is fully in line with the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action for Preventing Violent Extremism (2015) and seeks to address the drivers of violent extremism and foster resilient communities that are supported by just, reliable institutions.

We engage in a wide range of thematic areas such as Gender, Human Rights, Return and Reintegration, Religion and Faith-based organisations, Online hate speech, Social media monitoring and Sentiment analysis, Climate security, Behavioural science, Mental health and Psychosocial Support, Online community engagement.

  • At the global level, UNDP focuses on supporting the development of methodologies, tools, and policies, building an action-oriented research agenda and evidence base on the drivers of violent extremism.
  • At the regional level, UNDP supports analysis, transfer of knowledge, capacity building, the creation of network and platform facilities that enhance regional conflict resolution mechanisms.
  • At the country level, UNDP supports national governments and stakeholders to strengthen institutions and increase community resilience, including by supporting the development of National Action Plans for PVE. Projects are tailored to local needs.


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In 2020–2021, insufficient commitment was made to addressing conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism (Pillar I: 24 percent) and ensuring human rights and the rule of law (Pillar IV: 3 percent), as compared to a 73 percent allocation in support of measures to combat terrorism (Pillars II & III). Building on these findings, UNDP is committed to advancing Pillar I of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy through an approach that is grounded in human rights and development solutions. Read more in our 2021 Annual Report.