Countering Violent Extremism

USAID recognizes the critical role of development in addressing social, economic, governance and other factors that can drive violent extremism or radicalize individuals and communities. Countering violent extremism (CVE) is central to achieving USAID’s mission to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our shared security and prosperity. We coordinate closely with the State Department and other U.S. Government entities on this issue.

CVE activities focus on youth empowerment, social and economic inclusion; alternative messaging, local governance, enhancing knowledge and skills, connection and action within communities; trauma healing and social cohesion. Working with local communities, the programs address the “push” and “pull” factors that make individuals or communities vulnerable to extremist recruitment. Push factors include social marginalization, poverty and inequality; high rates of unemployment; lack of formal services or social amenities; and ongoing human rights violations and lack of rule of law.  Pull factors include the appeal of a particular leader or inspirational figure, or the material, emotional or spiritual benefits that affiliation with a violent extremist group may confer. While CVE efforts focus on target populations, such as at-risk young men and communities, the unique role of women in promoting violent extremism (VE) and preventing/countering it, is being increasingly recognized.  
 

Date 
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 11:45am

Last updated: March 14, 2019