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:
Empowering Syrian Women: Peacebuilding & CVE
ARDI is leading efforts to build the capacity of women and men-led CSOs through a small grants program to implement local initiatives that address issues of peacebuilding and CVE in Idlib and Aleppo, Syria. The objective of the program Empowering Syrian Women: Peacebuilding & CVE is to support civil society organizations lead by women, youth and minorities to become more effective at service provision and have the CSOs be a vehicle for women to advocate for their needs among and local and provincial councils. The program focuses on opposition-held areas of Aleppo and Idlib with an emphasis on areas with mixed ethnic and religious groups and provides small-grant funding for activities that increases coordination with other CSOs and the local councils over shared peace building, CVE, and/or service-provision objectives.
Women’s Empowerment in Idlib & Aleppo: Peacebuilding and CVE
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.