A preventive approach


UNDP’s approach to the prevention of violent extremism is fully in line with the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action for Preventing Violent Extremism (2016), UNDP’s 2022 Crisis Offer and the synchronic 2022-2025 Prevention Offer. UNDP’s approach supports innovative programming based on data, Behavioural Science and Sentiment Analysis, and addresses the drivers of conflict, (with a focus on violent extremism) through multidimensional and development-based approaches. 

We invest in new capabilities to boost anticipation and prevention efforts through pioneering new frontiers for evidence-based action. Through a whole-of-society approach, UNDP PVE’s programming also encompasses other areas such as addressing hate speech and online radicalisation, integrating mental health and psychosocial support in peacebuilding, supporting return and reintegration of individuals, and engaging religious and faith-based organisations. 

  • At the global level, UNDP focuses on supporting the development of methodologies, tools, and policies, building an action-oriented research agenda and evidence based on the drivers of violent extremism.
  • At the regional level, UNDP supports analysis, transfer of knowledge, capacity building, and 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.