Preventing and countering violent extremism (PVE / CVE) are unique strategies that address the root causes, grievances, and motivations to commit violent acts. ARDI understands that violent extremism deeply impacts the lives of men, women, boys, and girls in diverse ways, has torn communities apart, and infected the social, economic, political, development, health, and religious spheres of life – both within Syria and around the world. ARDI is committed to integrating PVE/CVE lenses (where applicable) into our development and social impact programming (often framed locally as “peace building” and “countering violence”) to identify and address the root causes of violent extremism and developing programmatic interventions to help bring an end to violent extremism.
ARDI has developed a specialized training on PVE/CVE serves as a starting point for people who are caught up in the daily turmoil that contribute to violent responses to localized conflict. The participants of our training have the desire to create positive change through their organizations, ideas, and will power. What they need are structured lessons on how to identify factors that would push a person toward violence, and the support to isolate the areas where they have influence, connections, or the right education or experience to actually make a difference. Finally, they need to know about types of change in order to identify what types of projects they may want to pursue and how to reach a positive end-state.
Highlighted Examples of ARDI’s PVE / CVE Projects:
Peacebuilding and CVE in Idlib & Aleppo (September 2017 – March 2018)
ARDI led efforts to build the capacity of local civil society organizations (CSOs) operating in Idlib and Aleppo, specifically bringing together CSOs that are run by both men and women. The program aims to provide a series of complementary capacity-building training and grants for men and women to implement local projects within their communities and by doing so, increase their social standing and enable their increased participation in local governance and decision-making.
Inclusive Peacebuilding in Syria (2014 – 2016)
ARDI (then called the Syrian Emergency Taskforce), in partnership with the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), led efforts to implement advocacy and peacebuilding projects in the Syrian Governorates of Sweida, Damascus, Aleppo, Deraa, Al-Hasakah, Idlib, Tartuos, and Lattakia. Through the project, ARDI conduced numerous workshops and provided and managed small-grant funding for workshop participants, which included local activists, civil society organization leaders, and respected community leaders.