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Harnessing the Power of NGOs to Prevent Violent Extremism

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) co-hosted a workshop on "Strengthening Cooperation and Collaboration Among Civil Society Networks Around the Preventing Violent Extremism Agenda" from 24-25 April at the Maison de la paix in Geneva. 

The GCSP partnered with the Prevention Project and the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) to host the event, which was organised under the auspices of the Global Solutions Exchange (GSX). GSX is a global civil society platform for advocacy, collaboration, and policy analysis to prevent violent extremism. The purpose of the meeting was to identify ways in which collaboration and cooperation among the growing number of civil society networks can be strengthened. More than 37 non-governmental institutions took part in the event.

The workshop was also part of an effort to strengthen the role of civil society in preventing violent extremism at the national, regional, and global levels, and it addressed some of the key findings in the  Prevention Project’s December 2016 report, Communities First: A Blueprint for Organizing and Sustaining a Global Movement against Violent Extremism.

Members of the GSX steering committee who took part in the workshop included the GCSP, the Global Center on Cooperative Security, ICAN, the Prevention Project, the Royal United Services Institute, and the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership.


To learn more about the GCSP's work on preventing violent extremism, check out our thematic cluster focusing on Terrorism and Organised Crime.