Dept of State Countering Violent Extremist Ideologies

Sponsor Deadline: 

Jun 22, 2021

Internal Deadline: 

May 24, 2021


Dept of State Bureau of Counterterrorism

UI Contact: 

Dept of State Countering Violent Extremist Ideology

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This funding will support development and implementation of innovative programming to prevent violent extremism and specifically to build resilience to violent extremist ideologies. Programming may feature building the capacity of teachers, schools, educational institutions, and officials to understand violent extremism and possible vulnerabilities, and to address these dynamics by engaging students, their parents and families; to teach digital, media or information literacy; or promote positive alternative values. It could also feature focused religious actor capacity building on youth psychology, youth outreach and engagement, and other CVE-relevant skills –particularly when incorporating other community actors, such as women or youth. Finally, it could support training for government and NGO actors focused on youth and related social development to build youth resilience and design and deploy prevention protocols and programs.

Program Objectives:
Build the capacity of government actors, civil society, the private sector, and other community stakeholders, including women, to effectively identify and address the factors that leave segments of the population vulnerable to violent extremist radicalization, recruitment, and inspiration.
Build the capacity of key partners in the target country or region, including governments at both the local and national level, and non-government stakeholders, and the private sector, to implement online counter-narrative / counter-speech approaches to build resilience to or discredit the propaganda, ideologies, and disinformation used by terrorist groups, their affiliates, and adherents, including the exploitation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Support and empower authentic and credible voices to develop and promote messages that discredit violent extremist narratives, including through collaboration with religious figures, women, families, educators, and disengaged former terrorists.

Priority Country or Region: CT will accept applications for work in any foreign assistance-eligible countries vulnerable to the spread of violent extremist ideology, especially proposals that focus on:Sahel States, particularly Mauritania; Coastal West Africa (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, and/or Togo); and Mozambique. Additional country suggestions include: Bangladesh; Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Yemen.