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Delegation of the European Union
to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

New calls for proposals open to organisations from Western Balkans to counter violent extremism

Civil Society Call

The global objective of this call for proposals is to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations to counter violent extremism, with increased engagement of the Government.

The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals is to support design and implementation of Civil Society initiatives to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism.

Priorities for these call are:

1) Education and Countering Violent Extremism. Protecting schools and universities as a safe space, both physically and intellectually to increase the resilience against radicalisation and recruitment. Involving parents and family members on values-based education.

2) Youth civic engagement and leadership. Building the resilience of youth susceptible to radicalisation and violent extremism providing a sense of belonging to their communities/the society.

3) Society/Community resilience to Radicalisation and Violent Extremism. Promoting inclusive peace and reconciliation, encouraging tolerance and respect of religious and/or ethnic minorities.

Indicative allocation of the total budget for the Western Balkans is EUR 250,000. Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between EUR 40,000 and  EUR 100,000, with at least 50% and max 90% of co-financing of the total eligible costs of the action.

More information (guidelines, application form, etc.) at: http://www.hedayahcenter.org/what-we-do/509/strive-global-program/551/call-for-proposals/746/civil-society-initiatives-to-pcve-in-central-asia-south-caucasus-and-western-balkans

Research call

The global objective of this call for proposals is: to develop research resources that provide an evidence base for CVE interventions.

The specific objective of this call for proposals is: to support research initiatives aiming to explore the drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism with a view to:

a) Rooting and understanding the radicalization and appeal of terrorism.

b) Profiling radical actors, terrorism supporters and foreign fighters, motivations and aspirations.

c) Guiding actions to stop processes of radicalization that lead individuals towards violent extremism, reduce radicalization to terrorism and to identify what tools will best work to counter the threat and to

build sustainable preventative measures.

For this call for proposals areas of interest are:

1) Women and radicalization.

2) Religion and radicalization.

3) Youth, education and radicalization.

4) Social media/mass media and radicalization.

5) FTF Returnees- radicalization and de-radicalization/decline and disengagement.

 

Indicative overall budget for Western Balkans is EUR 190,000. Grants will be between EUR 20,000 and EUR 50,000, with at least 50% and max 100% of co-financing of the total eligible costs of the action..

More information (guidelines, application form, etc.) at: http://www.hedayahcenter.org/what-we-do/509/strive-global-program/551/call-for-proposals/747/research-to-explore-the-drivers-of-extreme-violence-in-central-asia-and-western-balkans-regions

 

Background

Global Counter Terrorism Forum

The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) was launched officially at a foreign ministerial level on 22 September 2011 in New York, U.S.A. The GCTF highlighted two key deliverables at the launch, which include: 1) the announcement of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) on its intention to create the first ever International Center of Excellence in Countering Violent Extremism, Hedayah; 2) the adoption of the Cairo Declaration on Counterterrorism and the Rule of Law and the announcement of a major rule of law capacity-building program focused primarily on countries transitioning away from emergency law. 

The GCTF has an overarching goal to reduce the vulnerability of individuals to terrorism through effective prevention and prosecution of terrorist acts. It also serves as a platform for national counterterrorism (CT) officials and practitioners to focus on identifying critical civilian CT needs, mobilizing necessary resources and expertise to address such needs and enhance global cooperation.  

It has 30 founding members and six working groups. One of them is the working group on Countering Violent Extremism, which is co-chaired by the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. 

For more information, visit www.thegctf.org.

During the ministerial-level launch of the GCTF in New York in September 2011, the U.A.E stepped forward and offered to serve as the host of the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism to support its initial stand-up and outreach.

In December 2012 Hedayah, the first-ever International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), was inaugurated with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

Hedayah was created in response to the growing desire from GCTF members and the wider international community for the establishment of an independent, multilateral center devoted to capacity building programs, dialogue and communications, in addition to research and analysis to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations. A center that can bring together experts, expertise, and experience from around the globe. Hedayah solidified its independence through U.A.E Federal Law No. 7 of October 2013.

There is a widespread agreement on the need to prevent individuals from radicalization, the embrace of violence, and support for terrorism, as well as to divert those already radicalized back into their communities. With the opening of Hedayah in Abu Dhabi, there is now an institution dedicated to addressing this long-term, strategic challenge.

STRIVE Global Program

In May 2015, Hedayah launched four year Strengthening Resilience to Violence and  Extremism (STRIVE) Global program funded by the European Union, to build capacity of state and non-state actors to effectively challenge radicalization and recruitment to terrorism while continuing to respect human rights and international law.

The program aims to work with various stakeholders such as civil society organizations, research organizations, as well as policy makers and public bodies engaged in counter-terrorism work with the aim of fostering more effective global CVE efforts.

STRIVE-Global is a programme funded by the European Union (EU) under the financial Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP). The action responds to the ongoing threat of global terrorism and the need for effective responses that ameliorate, rather than exacerbate, the threat. Focused on prevention, the overall objective of the programme is to build the capacity of state and non-state actors to effectively challenge radicalization and recruitment to terrorism while continuing to respect human rights and international law. Furthermore, the specific objective is to work with local partners to design, implement and develop approaches that have a demonstrable impact on the threat posed by radicalization and recruitment to terrorism. To reach these objectives, research to explore the drivers of extreme violence will be a starting point to guide evidence based approaches and actions to reduce radicalization to terrorism.

​The main objectives of the STRIVE Global program are:

  • Develop and deliver a cascaded training programme for raising awareness of, and building support, for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) amongst Public Officials and Civil Society Organisations.
  • Support design and implementation of Civil Society initiatives to Prevent/Counter Violent Extremism.
  • Address the challenge of media coverage of terrorism: raising the awareness and building the capacity of state and media actors.
  • Develop research resources that provide an evidence base for CVE interventions.”