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Building a National Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE)

Design a Comprehensive Approach to Preventing Violent Extremism

This course offers a unique opportunity to unpack the process of formulating a strategy for preventing and countering violent extremism. It examines the implications of UN Security Council Resolution 2178 for those involved in developing national plans to prevent and counter violent extremism (PVE/CVE). It offers an overview of the global threat of terrorism. The course will analyse the push and pull factors of violent extremism as well as explore methods used to promote violent extremist ideologies. Participants will examine the phenomena of strategic communications and the recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters using strategic communications.

The course will provide a theoretical framework of PVE/CVE National Action Plans (NAPs), and will introduce the core principles and elements of good practice associated with PVE/CVE NAP development. Emphasis will be put on encouraging an appreciation of the need to develop PVE/CVE policies and practice that focus on a 'Whole of Government' and 'Whole of Society' approach that includes the necessary Rule of Law measures. Experts and participants work together to develop new ideas for the most effective PVE/CVE practices.


Open to mid-career professionals working in national ministries and international organisations, as well as: 

  • individuals and representatives of organisations implementing programmes on the ground
  • development agencies in countries experiencing violent extremism
  • community-based organisations conducting CVE/PVE activities
  • private sector professionals and national officials from countries afflicted by radicalisation


Geneva, Switzerland


Tuition fee: CHF 1'500. Apply two months before the course start date to qualify for a 15% discount. Alumni qualify for a 20% discount.

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Building a National Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE)

Date 15 - 17 Oct 2018

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