Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism is a newly established program as necessity of decreeing of global safety and security. PK over couple years now is actively implementing several project and activities in cooperation with various actors, local and international institutions. Kosovo has its National strategy on Prevention of Violent Extremism and Radicalization Leading to Terrorism 2015-2020 and the state Anti-terrorism mechanism in place in order to prevent and counter violent extremism in Kosovo.
PK lately during its P/CVE projects and activities implementation P/CVE innovative interactive and inclusive approach, including “Mobilization knowledge and skills training” to countering new ways of radicalization attempts spread under the surface in Kosovo municipalities and beyond. PK over the years has actively engaged different community stakeholders, such as Religious Leaders, Artists, Journalists, Peace and Human Rights Activists and other community mobilization stakeholders to strengthening the voice of Peace Messengers through Credible messages. PK approach to P/CVE is to provide a platform for increased collaboration and coordination among the growing number of grassroots, other relevant civil society organizations (CSOs) and the relevant community actors engaged in P/CVE in Kosovo and Western Balkans region. For PK its important to fill a critical gap in efforts to promote a “whole of society” approach to P/CVE in a region where addressing the threat of violent extremism has recently become a high priority for governments in the region: namely the lack of a dynamic network of CSOs working to prevent and counter violent extremism at the local and regional level and to partner with governments in the design and implementation of effective P/CVE strategies.
PK’s approach to this sensitive social issues are based on a) Increase the number of grassroots and other CSOs in the region able to contribute to P/CVE efforts, b)Improve collaboration and coordination among relevant CSOs and other actors (GO’s and NGO’s) working in the P/CVE field, these efforts have focused primarily on a small number of CSOs and have not sought to facilitate lesson-learning and collaboration more broadly among Kosovo CSOs in the Western Balkans and between those in and outside the region. c) Build the capacity of local stakeholders, affected youth, local Municipalities, Kosovo Police, Faith Based Organization, and overall CSOs to design and implement programs across a range of P/CVE themes, d) Strengthening P/CVE capacities around skills-based learning which focuses on increasing the ability of CSOs to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programming that maximizes their chances of creating sustained impact of their work across the diversity of P/CVE themes is critical.
Key stakeholder groups: The key stakeholder groups are:
1) Local CSOs across Kosovo and the Western Balkans, including the small number currently implementing P/CVE projects
2) Relevant national and local authorities, including those involved in developing and implementing national and/or local P/CVE strategies and frameworks, including Educational Institutions;
3) Relevant regional and international organizations working with CSOs in the region on different P/CVE topics, including EU RAN and the Strong Cities Network (SCN);
4) International donors supporting CSO-led P/CVE projects in the region; and
5) Relevant Faith Based Organizations in Kosovo the Western Balkans