Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
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The Role of Civil Society in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Abstract

This guidebook is written to help support a safe, constructive and impactful role for civil society in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT); one that reflects a trust-based relationship with government actors and incorporates an understanding of a shared responsibility for security. The publication is written for policymakers who are working to craft polices, strategies and action plans to prevent and counter violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism. Specifically, the publication seeks to help deepen their appreciation for the role of civil society in P/CVERLT and encourage an inclusive process in the conceptualization and design of these policies and strategies. This guidebook is also written for civil society actors – organizations and individuals – who are engaging in the field of preventing VERLT. This guidebook should help illuminate the spectrum of activities that are relevant to P/CVERLT, and inspire new initiatives that are safe, impactful and sustainable. The ideas and guidelines presented in this publication are written to prompt dialogue and critical discussion on how to strengthen civil society-led initiatives in P/CVERLT.