UNDP provides policy and programming support to key stakeholders for developing integrated solutions to violent extremism. This includes the generation of methodologies, tools, and policies to fill knowledge gaps, monitor progress, measure impact, and facilitate learning.
Moreover, UNDP supports Governments to research, develop and implement strategies for PVE, facilitating the engagement of national counterparts, communities (including young women and men), civil society organisations, national academia, and parliaments in the development of sustainable PVE Natonal Action Plans.
UNDP's programming is guided by the 2016 Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, where the UN Secretary-General calls for a comprehensive approach encompassing not only security-based counter-terrorism measures, but also systematic preventive steps to address the underlying conditions driving individuals to radicalize and join violent extremist groups. Please find an overview of UNDP PVE's work below:
“Whole-of-Society" Community-Level Centred Approach
UNDP engages diverse local stakeholders, especially women and youth, and civil society organisations in the design, implementation and monitoring of PVE programming, and private entities to enhance programming effectiveness.
PVE Action Plans & Human Rights-Based Interventions to Address Governance Grievances
This helps to better address governance grievances underpinning individuals’ choice to engage in violent extremism.
Hate Speech & Online Radicalisation
UNDP addresses hate speech, misinformation, and disinformation globally online and offline by increasing understanding and monitoring of hate speech, its drivers and impacts; by offering alternative, positive narratives; and by addressing the drivers and root causes of hate speech.
Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
Mental health and psychosocial support play a significant role in preventing engagement with violent extremism, and in healing from trauma associated with violent extremism.
Return & Reintegration
UNDP designs risk-informed, gender and age-sensitive programmes comprising re-socialisation, MHPSS, education, skills development.
Religion & Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs)
UNDP supports religious and faith-based actors in the promoting discourses of peace, and provide faith-based education and knowledge.
Behavioural Insights (BI)
In the context of PVE, BI provides great opportunities to increase inclusivity and effectiveness in policy and for evidence-based programming.