Expert Meeting Days’ Report

Expert Meeting Days’ Report

CPN-PREV supports coordinated collaboration, capacity building, and knowledge mobilization among key sectors and stakeholders through a nationwide multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach. Our goal is to generate best practices and involve cross-sector collaborations by providing knowledge mobilization opportunities among researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and members of community organizations.

During the two meeting days that were hosted by CPN-PREV on March 19 and 20, different actors presented their organizations and models on information sharing and training programs, as well as evidence collected on best practices. The national and international experts then helped push discussions further in matters of prevention and intervention of radicalization and extremist violence.

In terms of training, the experts highlighted the importance of clearly defining objectives, methods, and target populations in order to assess local needs and adapt programs to local realities. It was agreed that an essential part of training is about building and sustaining capacity, rather than delivering content. Evaluating the impact of training programs is also considered as a top priority, so as to identify constructive changes, as well as unexpected harms.

In terms of best practices in the PVE/CVE domains, the experts highlighted the importance of local contexts in connection with global aspects. This is especially important because developing best practices is about evaluating the level of trust in existing evidence, as well as taking into consideration promising practices in low-resource settings.

In addition, experts concurred that PVE/CVE programs should be assessed for positive and harmful effects. Equally important, developing best practices should not only consider “What” best practices are but also “Who” the best practitioners are in relation to “which” audience. Finally, the experts highlighted that best practices, once developed, should be adapted to each practitioner or community context.

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