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The meeting took forward the implementation of an EU-financed initiative, managed by GCERF, which will see the award of micro-grants to Kenyan civil society organisations that propose to work on preventing violent extremism (PVE) at community levels. One of the distinctive features of the EU-financed initiative, managed by GCERF, is the involvement and co-financing (in cash and/or in kind) of the private sector. The private sector involvement in the GCERF initiative results from the recognition that the challenge of terrorism and violent extremism requires a whole-of-society approach. The meeting made decisions on a number of concrete proposals, which could be financed within the next months, subject to a number of conditions to be met by the applicants.
GCERF is a multi-stakeholder global fund that strengthens community resilience by supporting local initiatives to address drivers of violent extremism. GCERF works at the nexus of security and development, in consultation with governments, civil society, the private sector, and the international community in support of national PVE strategies. In Kenya, GCERF is funding a variety of PVE initiatives with financial support from the EU and other donors.
For further information on the GCERF, please see here.