Countering Violent Extremism Through Development Assistance

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)'s investments in countering violent extremism (CVE) serve U.S. national security interests by supporting peace, prosperity, and stability overseas and reducing threats to Americans at home and abroad. In the ten years since USAID issued The Development Response to Violent Extremism and Insurgency, the challenges posed by violent extremism have evolved, and the ability of violent extremist organizations (VEOs) to do harm has increased. New evidence that highlights what works to prevent or counter ideologically motivated violence and lessons-learned from our past programming have helped USAID to adapt to the changing context. In particular, USAID and other donors now understand that programming designed to strengthen and influence local institutions and communities systemically is likely to have a greater effect on radicalization and recruitment to violence than programming designed to address a particular driver. In keeping with the objectives outlined in the USAID Policy Framework: Ending the Need for Foreign Assistance, this Policy provides updated guidance to ensure that USAID designs CVE programs that are focused, tailored, and measurable, and delivers them in a manner that supports the Journeys to Self-Reliance in our partner countries.

Date 
Monday, April 19, 2021 - 3:30pm

Last updated: April 19, 2021