Final Evaluation of “Preventing Violent Extremism in Africa (PVE)”Project

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2021, RBA
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2021
Completion Date:
02/2022
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
150,000

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Title Final Evaluation of “Preventing Violent Extremism in Africa (PVE)”Project
Atlas Project Number:
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021, RBA
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 02/2022
Planned End Date: 12/2021
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 3.2.1 National capacities strengthened for reintegration, reconciliation, peaceful management of conflict and prevention of violent extremism in response to national policies and priorities
  • 2. Output 3.2.2 National and local systems enabled and communities empowered to ensure the restoration of justice institutions, redress mechanisms and community security
Evaluation Budget(US $): 150,000
Source of Funding: Project Budget
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 150,000
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Nationality
Lawrence Robertson Independent Evaluator
Philippe Assale Independent Evaluator
GEF Evaluation: No
Key Stakeholders: RECs, UNDP, Sweden
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

Develop a successor Regional PVE project:

UNDP should consider developing a successor regional initiative to further develop the PVE practice area as an area of development programming based on the experience of the regional project 2016-2021, UNDP corporate capabilities, the experience of RBA and RBAS, and evolving trends in VE across Africa that continue to demonstrate that VE is an important global issue that crosses UNDP boundaries (Africa/Arab States). RSCA, RBAS Amman Hub and project staff should focus efforts in the development on how regional support can be used for technical assistance and knowledge sharing to sustain and scale up the comprehensive range of initiatives undertaken already by the project 2016-2021.

2

Follow an integrated approach at multiple levels

Developmental approaches to PVE supported by UNDP should continue to follow the integrated approach that connects regional, national, and local endeavours against VE towards having approaches that complement each other and lead to more effective approaches and stronger results by combining complementary PVE approaches and levels of engagement. 

3

Continue to patiently develop constituencies for PVE

The project should continue with the patient and supportive approach taken to establish a development ‘framing’ of the PVE issues at national levels, to promote maximum buy-in across Government to the effort, and to mobilize the broadest possible coalition of civil society actors in its undertaking.  The UNDP project teams should continue to lead engagement on NAPs at the Country level given the need to be resident on the ground, and to better promote the whole of society approach, which it is best placed to convene.

 

UNDP should consider, explore, and assess how to balance country-level engagement with regional PVE programming where there may be mismatches between levels of CO and partner interest in PVE and the project and other stakeholders’ analyses of the risks of VE in regions, countries, and communities. PVE remains a sensitive topic in many countries, where governments, religious authorities, and communities may not want to recognize or be willing to openly acknowledge the risks of VE due to concerns about worsening the situation or of having negative ramifications for recognizing this risk. This reluctance sometimes exists in countries that evidence suggests are at high risks of VE or where there are already incidents of VE apparent. UNDP needs to continue to think about ways to engage, how to stimulate acknowledgement, and how to develop and influence PVE approaches in productive ways in countries that have been hesitant or resisted openly considering and acknowledging that VE risks are growing or substantial. Knowledge exchanges and cross-national learning appear to be promising approaches. The regional PVE project has proven that regional research and regional or subregional approaches that give countries opportunities for “face-saving” with regard to the underlying “causes” of VE is a productive methods. UNDP should continue this approach with the Journey to Extremism 2.0 and other targeted research. Research efforts that identify regional or subregional spread as a cause of VE can have utility in starting to build a constituency for and use developmental approaches to PVE so that they can look more comprehensively at risks of VE and opportunities for PVE in countries that hesitate to acknowledge internal VE issues.

4

Continue PVE Research as a key component of PVE programming, particularly local research connected to programming

UNDP should work to amass evidence over the longer term that helps add plausibility to the programme model. Evidence is still needed that demonstrates development initiatives can reduce support for VE or even the incidence of VE itself in ways that can be and are scaled up by the AU and RECs, governments, or civil society across Africa. Proving a negative – that the approaches lead to people not turning to VE -in a rigorous way remains difficult and more certain evidence would enhance the case for this programming.

Research should remain a prominent component of any successor PVE project as VE continues to adapt and change across the continent. That programming faces adversaries who consciously endeavour to defeat the goals of UNDP programming is an unusual attribute for development actors that challenges programming. VE adversaries are highly adaptive; PVE partners should be as well. Research has also demonstrated its utility for CO and regional staff in influencing and shaping partnerships, including overcoming reluctance to recognize VE challenges within countries or regions. Research targeting particular local contexts that can be used to directly shape partner or stakeholder programming may be most useful

5

Explore ways to broaden and scale up PVE support to sub-regional civil-society organizations and networks


Regional PVE project support to CSO networks was seen as an effective approach to build on; South-South collaboration and practice sharing in PVE were seen as effective ways to ensure ownership and support sustainability at the local level that should be continued potentially expanded in a subsequent project. Support to empower CSO networks was seen as particularly important towards increasing the transparency and accountability of state institutions in sensitive areas like PVE. Developing regional ways to work with CSO networks may help UNDP continue to support needs in PVE when working in countries where UNDP no longer works directly with the authorities, such as after governments are no longer internationally recognised after coups.

 

6

Consider building systematically on UNDP’s Comparative Advantages in Work with the State and Governments.

UNDP should consider systematic ways to promote developmental approaches to PVE in state institutions with government partners. UNDP has the corporate advantage of country offices that work with a wide range of institutions and the governments of all 54 African countries. This network could be used systematically to position UNDP as a provider of one key type of PVE services – PVE as a development approach – with internationally recognized governments. The project should continue to focus both on countries targeted in the initial project and new countries and sub-regions facing VE threats such as Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, and the Great Lakes Region, etc.

 

7

Consider ways to build on programming on stabilization, with regional institutions, an approach to gender that considers masculinities, and digital communications


UNDP programming supporting stabilization continues to progress and offers opportunities to build PVE approaches into the restoration of government control in areas once held by insurgent groups. Stabilization programming may increasingly engage in reconciliation and reintegration which have PVE dynamics to be explored further. UNDP should continue to partner with the AUC to support and enable African Union leadership on PVE. The continental reach of the AU offers promise on PVE, even if this promise has not been realized effectively enough yet through the partnership with the Regional PVE project. RSCA and the Regional PVE project should consider using the Desk to Desk on AU-UN partnership to support technical work together on PVE. The project and RBA should consider how to use the UN’s high-level political engagement to better support a developmental approach to PVE with and through the AU.

Areas for potential focus in PVE in Africa 2022 and beyond include digital PVE activities and broader approaches to gender that consider masculinities. With the growing influence of the internet and social media in many African countries, and its use as an amplifier and projector of extremist narratives and as a potential tool of recruitment to violent action, the next phase of the project should consider working with youth to prevent the transmission of fake news and hate speech and promote values of peace, tolerance, and diversity. Technology and digital tools may also support work on MHPSS and PVE where there is substantial internet penetration. 
Further efforts are required to ensure an inclusive and participatory ‘whole of society’ approach to PVE. Efforts to mobilize and capacitate civil society should be strengthened in the next phase of the project, to ensure that issues of gender and human rights observance are respected in the preparation and implementation of the national action plan. 

8

Expand support for knowledge management and the Community of Practice


The project should support the networking and development of a PVE community of practice in the region and underwrite research, data collection and knowledge management to allow better-targeted interventions informed by global good practice. UNDP should develop open, clear accessible knowledge management platforms to organize and make available project-supported knowledge and products to a wider, broader audience – as well as regularly push out these materials to targeted audiences that can be consumers of these products and insights. UNDP should develop methods to follow up on broad outreach with project staff doing additional work to promote and push the conclusions of research to other partners and stakeholders. Knowledge management remains critical for projects. Sharing empirical evidence about what can work and how in PVE is critical to advancing PVE. Support for KM and sharing at the country level on PVE was also recommended to build support for PVE within countries. Future project activities could target and support a national institution to be a clearance centre for PVE information and knowledge within specific countries. 

 

9

Support systematic, multi-level resource mobilization.


The regional office should provide substantial attention to regional and global resource mobilization that COs can build on in mobilizing additional resources at the country level. Global and regional UNDP engagement with donors and foreign and development ministries on PVE could be linked to CO level engagement with Embassies and donors in their countries to systematically build ways to connect resource mobilization that delivers more funding at the country level across Africa for PVE. 

 

10

Endeavour to expand pilots and Training of Trainers (ToT)
The particular activities of the Regional PVE project have demonstrated impressive successes in regional institutions, countries, and communities. However, the challenge is to build on pilot successes to have a larger continental impact on what remains a huge VE challenge. Activities under a subsequent regional PVE project should emphasize strategies that support the replication of project successes and ways to amplify activity successes in PVE, particularly by expanding the number of individuals and groups reached through ToT methodologies, existing networks, and partnerships.

 

1. Recommendation:

Develop a successor Regional PVE project:

UNDP should consider developing a successor regional initiative to further develop the PVE practice area as an area of development programming based on the experience of the regional project 2016-2021, UNDP corporate capabilities, the experience of RBA and RBAS, and evolving trends in VE across Africa that continue to demonstrate that VE is an important global issue that crosses UNDP boundaries (Africa/Arab States). RSCA, RBAS Amman Hub and project staff should focus efforts in the development on how regional support can be used for technical assistance and knowledge sharing to sustain and scale up the comprehensive range of initiatives undertaken already by the project 2016-2021.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/06]

(Fully Accepted) Revise the Regional PVE Project Document for the second iteration of project implementation that captures lessons learned, best practices and adoption of the recommendation outlined in the final evaluation report

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Project board meeting for the endorsement of revised project document
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team 2022/07 Initiated
Identify and procure consultants through the GPN Exp Roster to revise the Regional PVE Project Document
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team 2022/04 Completed
Identify and procure consultants through the GPN Exp Roster to revise the Regional PVE Project Document
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team 2022/04 Completed
2. Recommendation:

Follow an integrated approach at multiple levels

Developmental approaches to PVE supported by UNDP should continue to follow the integrated approach that connects regional, national, and local endeavours against VE towards having approaches that complement each other and lead to more effective approaches and stronger results by combining complementary PVE approaches and levels of engagement. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/06]

(Fully Accepted) The integrated approach at multiple levels will be continued, applied, and reflected on the second iteration of the Regional PVE Project Document and through the PVE Community of Practice (CoP). In addition, there will also be efforts made to strengthen partnerships with regional and community level institutions to complement the support that the Regional PVE Project will provide to country offices/national levels. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Exchange best practices and lessons learned on effective approaches at the national level
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team 2025/12 Initiated the first webinar was conducted in April 2022
2 Engage regional and community level institutions to complement PVE approaches at the national level
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team 2025/12 Initiated Introductory meeting with the recently established SADC Regional Counter-Terrorism Centre conducted on 14th April 2022
3. Recommendation:

Continue to patiently develop constituencies for PVE

The project should continue with the patient and supportive approach taken to establish a development ‘framing’ of the PVE issues at national levels, to promote maximum buy-in across Government to the effort, and to mobilize the broadest possible coalition of civil society actors in its undertaking.  The UNDP project teams should continue to lead engagement on NAPs at the Country level given the need to be resident on the ground, and to better promote the whole of society approach, which it is best placed to convene.

 

UNDP should consider, explore, and assess how to balance country-level engagement with regional PVE programming where there may be mismatches between levels of CO and partner interest in PVE and the project and other stakeholders’ analyses of the risks of VE in regions, countries, and communities. PVE remains a sensitive topic in many countries, where governments, religious authorities, and communities may not want to recognize or be willing to openly acknowledge the risks of VE due to concerns about worsening the situation or of having negative ramifications for recognizing this risk. This reluctance sometimes exists in countries that evidence suggests are at high risks of VE or where there are already incidents of VE apparent. UNDP needs to continue to think about ways to engage, how to stimulate acknowledgement, and how to develop and influence PVE approaches in productive ways in countries that have been hesitant or resisted openly considering and acknowledging that VE risks are growing or substantial. Knowledge exchanges and cross-national learning appear to be promising approaches. The regional PVE project has proven that regional research and regional or subregional approaches that give countries opportunities for “face-saving” with regard to the underlying “causes” of VE is a productive methods. UNDP should continue this approach with the Journey to Extremism 2.0 and other targeted research. Research efforts that identify regional or subregional spread as a cause of VE can have utility in starting to build a constituency for and use developmental approaches to PVE so that they can look more comprehensively at risks of VE and opportunities for PVE in countries that hesitate to acknowledge internal VE issues.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/06]

(Fully Accepted) In reference to the previous response, the target audience of the PVE CoP will also be extended to the national government and potential partners who may be interested in the thematic areas. In addition, the donor mapping that was developed in 2020 will be updated to strengthen the alignment of the interest and needs for PVE interventions between COs and partners interested in PVE.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implement activities designed by the CSO network under the 2022 Workplan
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team 2022/12 Initiated On-going efforts to mobilise resources following a regional workshop held in March 2022.
4. Recommendation:

Continue PVE Research as a key component of PVE programming, particularly local research connected to programming

UNDP should work to amass evidence over the longer term that helps add plausibility to the programme model. Evidence is still needed that demonstrates development initiatives can reduce support for VE or even the incidence of VE itself in ways that can be and are scaled up by the AU and RECs, governments, or civil society across Africa. Proving a negative – that the approaches lead to people not turning to VE -in a rigorous way remains difficult and more certain evidence would enhance the case for this programming.

Research should remain a prominent component of any successor PVE project as VE continues to adapt and change across the continent. That programming faces adversaries who consciously endeavour to defeat the goals of UNDP programming is an unusual attribute for development actors that challenges programming. VE adversaries are highly adaptive; PVE partners should be as well. Research has also demonstrated its utility for CO and regional staff in influencing and shaping partnerships, including overcoming reluctance to recognize VE challenges within countries or regions. Research targeting particular local contexts that can be used to directly shape partner or stakeholder programming may be most useful

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/06]

(Fully Accepted) A number of flagship publications are scheduled to launch in 2022 which will provide a basis for evidence-based programmatic interventions and strengthen the PVE-lens in relevant programmes/projects. The Regional PVE Team will also continue to collaborate with partners on research. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Launch 3 flagship publications Southern Libya Borderlands, VE Study)
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team 2022/07 Initiated The first launch event is for the VE Study done on 31st May 2022
Finalise Journey to Extremism 2.0 (JtE 2.0) for publication
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team 2022/06 Completed 2 complementary policy briefs and the report completed
Finalise commissioned reports on Early Warning Manuscript and Impact of COVID-19 and VE in the IGAD Member States and Tanzania by ICEPCVE
[Added: 2022/06/06]
ICEPCVE and Regional PVE Team 2022/05 Completed A revised version of the COVID-19 and VE papers was received from IGAD. On-going revision of the Early Warning Manuscript by IGAD.
5. Recommendation:

Explore ways to broaden and scale up PVE support to sub-regional civil-society organizations and networks


Regional PVE project support to CSO networks was seen as an effective approach to build on; South-South collaboration and practice sharing in PVE were seen as effective ways to ensure ownership and support sustainability at the local level that should be continued potentially expanded in a subsequent project. Support to empower CSO networks was seen as particularly important towards increasing the transparency and accountability of state institutions in sensitive areas like PVE. Developing regional ways to work with CSO networks may help UNDP continue to support needs in PVE when working in countries where UNDP no longer works directly with the authorities, such as after governments are no longer internationally recognised after coups.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/06] [Last Updated: 2022/06/07]

(Fully Accepted) There will be continued efforts on relevant interventions that were initiated in 2021 to mobilise a structured coalition of CSOs in the region, particularly in the Great Lakes Region and the Lake Chad Basin, to better promote a whole of society approach for PVE. There will also be discussions with the Human Security Collectives to identify sustainable activities to support the consortium of local CSOs in the Far North of Cameroon who is leading the Human Rights Observatory. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Implement activities designed by the CSO network under the 2022 Workplan
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team 2022/12 Initiated On-going efforts to mobilise resources following a regional workshop held in March 2022.
Identify sustainable activities and mobilise resources for the Human Rights Observatory in the Far North of Cameroon while continue to strengthen the capacity of local CSOs in monitoring and address human rights violation in the region.
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team in collaboration with the Cameroon CO 2022/07 Initiated Meeting scheduled with Human Security Collective on 28th April 2022 to discuss and identify activities for collaboration
6. Recommendation:

Consider building systematically on UNDP’s Comparative Advantages in Work with the State and Governments.

UNDP should consider systematic ways to promote developmental approaches to PVE in state institutions with government partners. UNDP has the corporate advantage of country offices that work with a wide range of institutions and the governments of all 54 African countries. This network could be used systematically to position UNDP as a provider of one key type of PVE services – PVE as a development approach – with internationally recognized governments. The project should continue to focus both on countries targeted in the initial project and new countries and sub-regions facing VE threats such as Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, and the Great Lakes Region, etc.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/06] [Last Updated: 2022/06/07]

(Fully Accepted) Efforts on the systematic building of UNDP’s comparative advantage should be conducted at multiple levels. At the (sub-)regional level, through an integrated approach, the Atlantic Corridor Project aims to strengthen the capacity of Atlantic Corridor Countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Togo) to prevent violent extremism in the region will be developed. In further cooperation with the RBAS, the Amman Hub will be organising sub-regional analysis research and a regional roundtable to strengthen the exchange of knowledge management and promote south-south cooperation. Concurrently, the suggestion is made for continuous cooperation by the HQ to involve the Regional PVE team in global events and PVE-related interventions. Also at the national level, the Regional PVE team will cooperate with the COs to raise awareness of PVE among states and Governments while providing technical support to better elaborate on UNDP’s approach to PVE interventions to the CO’s potential donors

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop Atlantic Corridor Project document reflecting an integrated approach at multiple levels
[Added: 2022/06/06]
Regional PVE Team and focal points of 5 target COs (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Togo) 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated Introductory meeting with selected consultant scheduled on 26th April 2022
Conduct regional roundtable for mutual learning and exchange of knowledge within the African Continent and between the Sub-Saharan and MENA region
[Added: 2022/06/07]
Regional PVE Team 2022/07 Not Initiated An introductory meeting with RBAS COs was conducted on 5th April 2022.
7. Recommendation:

Consider ways to build on programming on stabilization, with regional institutions, an approach to gender that considers masculinities, and digital communications


UNDP programming supporting stabilization continues to progress and offers opportunities to build PVE approaches into the restoration of government control in areas once held by insurgent groups. Stabilization programming may increasingly engage in reconciliation and reintegration which have PVE dynamics to be explored further. UNDP should continue to partner with the AUC to support and enable African Union leadership on PVE. The continental reach of the AU offers promise on PVE, even if this promise has not been realized effectively enough yet through the partnership with the Regional PVE project. RSCA and the Regional PVE project should consider using the Desk to Desk on AU-UN partnership to support technical work together on PVE. The project and RBA should consider how to use the UN’s high-level political engagement to better support a developmental approach to PVE with and through the AU.

Areas for potential focus in PVE in Africa 2022 and beyond include digital PVE activities and broader approaches to gender that consider masculinities. With the growing influence of the internet and social media in many African countries, and its use as an amplifier and projector of extremist narratives and as a potential tool of recruitment to violent action, the next phase of the project should consider working with youth to prevent the transmission of fake news and hate speech and promote values of peace, tolerance, and diversity. Technology and digital tools may also support work on MHPSS and PVE where there is substantial internet penetration. 
Further efforts are required to ensure an inclusive and participatory ‘whole of society’ approach to PVE. Efforts to mobilize and capacitate civil society should be strengthened in the next phase of the project, to ensure that issues of gender and human rights observance are respected in the preparation and implementation of the national action plan. 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/07]

(Fully Accepted) Under the broader framework of “Reimagining Governance and Peacebuilding in Africa”, the Regional PVE Project will be positioned to build on programming on stabilisation with a PVE-lens and a gendered approach that consider masculinities and digital communications. The Regional PVE team will also continue the partnership with the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Multinational Joint Taskforce to support the implementation of the “Regional Strategic Communication Plan of Action on PVE in the Lake Chad Basin”.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Organise the launch event of the “Regional Strategic Communication Plan of Action on PVE in the Lake Chad Basin”.
[Added: 2022/06/07]
Regional PVE Team and RSS Team 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated Pending communication from head of RSS Team on the date of the launch
Position Regional PVE Project under the PIP for Reimagining Governance and Peacebuilding Framework for stabilisation interventions.
[Added: 2022/06/07]
Regional PVE Team 2022/05 Completed The Regional PVE Project is under the Prevention pillar of the Framework.
Provide technical and financial support to the implementation of the “Regional Strategic Communication Plan of Action on PVE in the Lake Chad Basin” in partnership with LCBC and MNJTF
[Added: 2022/06/07]
Regional PVE Team and RSS Team 2022/12 Not Initiated Launch event of the Plan of Action to be prioritised to ensure ownership of LCBC and MNJTF.
8. Recommendation:

Expand support for knowledge management and the Community of Practice


The project should support the networking and development of a PVE community of practice in the region and underwrite research, data collection and knowledge management to allow better-targeted interventions informed by global good practice. UNDP should develop open, clear accessible knowledge management platforms to organize and make available project-supported knowledge and products to a wider, broader audience – as well as regularly push out these materials to targeted audiences that can be consumers of these products and insights. UNDP should develop methods to follow up on broad outreach with project staff doing additional work to promote and push the conclusions of research to other partners and stakeholders. Knowledge management remains critical for projects. Sharing empirical evidence about what can work and how in PVE is critical to advancing PVE. Support for KM and sharing at the country level on PVE was also recommended to build support for PVE within countries. Future project activities could target and support a national institution to be a clearance centre for PVE information and knowledge within specific countries. 

 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/07]

(Fully Accepted) As stated in the previous responses and actions, the Regional PVE team will conduct a session with the CO focal points to reflect on the 2021 PVE CoP activities to strengthen the knowledge management and improve the PVE CoP for 2022 and beyond. Initial suggestions include expanding the target audience and format. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop a work plan for 2022 PVE COP based on the outcome of the discussion of the PVE CoP webinar scheduled on 5th April 2022
[Added: 2022/06/07]
Regional PVE Team 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated A summary report of the PVE CoP webinar will be developed.
9. Recommendation:

Support systematic, multi-level resource mobilization.


The regional office should provide substantial attention to regional and global resource mobilization that COs can build on in mobilizing additional resources at the country level. Global and regional UNDP engagement with donors and foreign and development ministries on PVE could be linked to CO level engagement with Embassies and donors in their countries to systematically build ways to connect resource mobilization that delivers more funding at the country level across Africa for PVE. 

 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/07] [Last Updated: 2022/06/07]

(Partially Accepted) Similarly, resource mobilisation requires a concerted effort at the global, regional, and national levels. While the Regional PVE Team will be updating the donor mapping of PVE at the regional level, it would also be useful if the Global PVE Team could provide regular information on their engagement with the donors, foreign, and development ministries on PVE that could potentially be linked to at the national level. In conjunction, to better support the COs, the Regional PVE Team will develop a generic concept note that can be utilised to initiate a discussion with potential partners for resource mobilisation. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop an RM concept note for regional and national engagement with potential partners for resource mobilisation for PVE.
[Added: 2022/06/07]
Regional PVE Team 2022/06 Overdue-Initiated The concept note was first used for the meeting with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 29th April 2022.
10. Recommendation:

Endeavour to expand pilots and Training of Trainers (ToT)
The particular activities of the Regional PVE project have demonstrated impressive successes in regional institutions, countries, and communities. However, the challenge is to build on pilot successes to have a larger continental impact on what remains a huge VE challenge. Activities under a subsequent regional PVE project should emphasize strategies that support the replication of project successes and ways to amplify activity successes in PVE, particularly by expanding the number of individuals and groups reached through ToT methodologies, existing networks, and partnerships.

 

Management Response: [Added: 2022/06/07]

(Partially Accepted) One of the initial aims envisaged by the Regional PVE project was to act as a springboard for COs to replicate and sustain the PVE interventions at the national level. Some of the identified challenges to continue the momentum of the pilot successful included the partial understanding of violent extremism which was inadvertently used and conflated with conflict prevention; narrowed view of the root causes of violent extremism which stemmed from external factors; limited outreach to raise awareness due to the social restriction imposed by COVID-19 pandemic. While the Regional PVE team will continue to strengthen the existing partnership and raise awareness of PVE, an alternative approach is to collaborate with PVE Champions (regional, national and community) to share their direct involvement and first-hand experience of PVE-interventions at multiple levels. In addition, the improved 2022 PVE COP will also support amplifying the best practices of PVE interventions while also sharing PVE-relevant training with the members. 

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Develop 3 strategic plans with the PVE Champions to promote PVE interventions at regional, national and community levels.
[Added: 2022/06/07]
Regional PVE Team 2022/07 Not Initiated PVE Champions to be collectively identified by the PVE CoP members

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