BEI Senior Research Director attends a Workshop on “Effective Programming for Countering Violent Extremism”, 26-27 November 2012, Brussels, Belgium

Date: 26-27 December 2012

Mr. Humayun Kabir, Senior Research Director at BEI attended a workshop on “Effective Programming for Countering Violent Extremism” on 26-27 November 2012 in Brussels. The workshop was organized by the European Union. Mr. Kabir actively participated in the workshop.

The workshop brought together key experts and practitioners on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), as well as third party representatives from the Horn of Africa, including Yemen, and Pakistan. The workshop was convened by the EU to address the nexus between development and security, and focus in particular on how the EU can better understand and support third countries in their efforts to address violent extremism and recruitment. In addition, the workshop outcomes provided guidance for the European Commission in their CVE project planning assessment.

Participants included EU officials from the development and security sectors, as well as experts across a range of relevant issue areas, including governance, the media, faith-based organizations and counter-radicalization and programme evaluation. During the workshop, participants were invited to consider possible areas of intervention: messaging, media, education, supporting local cultural and religious traditions, and deradicalization, with a particular focus on the two regions under consideration.

There was broad agreement among participants that development and security actors had a role to play in addressing terrorism and violent extremism and that such an opportunity to share lessons learned and experiences was valuable in developing a collaborative and informed approach. In particular, participants welcomed the opportunity to hear from third country representatives about the particular challenges and dynamics of violent extremism in their respective countries. The discussions provided a valuable basis for the development of future CVE programming.