Holding in its highest interest the agenda of the country to Prevent Violent Extremism, Helvetas Sri Lanka is empowering local Civil Society Organizations which have committed to the cause by providing knowledge, expertise and resources, to pave the way to a more resilient, tolerant and safer community and to positively influence the behavior of youth deemed at risk of alienation and radicalization through constructive engagement and capacity building
Project NameCSO PVE Capacity Development in Bangladesh & Sri Lanka
Project Phase2020 to 2022
FundingThe project is co-funded by the European Union
Thematic focusGovernance, Peace & Migration
This Action is a multi-country civil society initiative contributing to exploring preventing violent extremism (PVE) in diverse contexts and forms of extremism. The project is carried out simultaneously in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and it aims to engage Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of the two countries and their actors in PVE in their constituency. Having observed that there is a visible lacuna in knowledge and understanding of PVE, as an outcome of this Action, Civil Society actors are anticipated to get technically equipped to adapt and mainstream PVE to the specific community contexts based on the insights resulting from the cross-country learnings and institutional dialogue. The project focuses CSOs as repositories of value-based approaches to PVE that emphasize the importance of pluralism in practice through community level capacity building and dialogue to create counter-narratives to prevent radicalization and promote tolerance and social cohesion across various social, political and religious divides.
The project is funded by the European Union and Helvetas Swiss Intercoperation is implemented in partnership with the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka. The project also aspires to engage youth, multi sectoral state and non state actors, and general public in its efforts to enhance resilience and capacity of communities by creating spaces for dialogue and inclusion.
Key activities include:
- Organizing and International Structured National Level Learning Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism
- Establishing a National Level training and resource pool in Preventing Violent Extremism
- Capacitate District Inter Religious Committees, Local Inter Religious Committees, Divisional Level Government Officers and Law Enforcement Officers.
- Capacitate youth influencers on the subject
- National Level Campaign and District Level campaigns for evolving counter narratives on Preventing Violent Extremism