The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) is an independent Swiss foundation established to serve as the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremist agendas. Operating at the nexus of security and development, GCERF is committed to working in partnership and consultation with governments, civil society, and the private sector in partner countries to support national strategies to address the local drivers of violent extremism. GCERF strengthens community resilience by supporting local community-level initiatives to address the drivers of violent extremism that promote social cohesion, community agency, equal access to opportunities, and individual's sense of purpose.
Sri Lanka became a GCERF partner country in 2019. To extend GCERF’s programme in Sri-Lanka an Accelerated Funding Panel (AFP) has been established comprised of representatives of Sri Lanka government, a representative from the donor contributing to the programme, and GCERF’s International Review Panel (IRP). The AFP will support GCERF’s programme in Sri Lanka by making funding decisions under GCERF’s Accelerated Funding Programme which offers short solutions to specific drivers of violent extremism through small grants to grassroots level organisations as well as coordinate and disseminate knowledge originating from the project.
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