COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE MEETING WITH GCERF RECIPIENTS
In recent years, growing discontentment and violent agitations that have roots in deprivation and poverty has led to increased violent extremism in the northeast, a restive insurgency in the Niger Delta region, self-determination struggles in the south East, incidence of violent extremist recruitment, coupled with new eruptions of violence (primarily rooted in ethnic and cultural differences, economic inequalities, and resource constraints). These combined factors with prevailing socio-economic crises led to radicalization and recruitment in the North Central of the country and a perennial inter-communal violence across the middle belt. High rate of communal clashes, farmers-herders crisis in the north-central has led to international bodies, donors and other critical stakeholders calling on the government to improve security and intensify plans to mitigate against more loss of lives and properties. Donors and various religious bodies are also working with communities, traditional leaders and individuals to curb the rate of violence in the region. One of such donors is Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) who are currently funding 3 recipient – AAN, IGSR, WEP – in Nigeria to address radicalization to violent extremism in Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa and Plateau States.
These recipients working in north-central states encounter various implementation challenges based on context and local state actors. As part of learning from project implementation in the states, recipients meet every quarter through the community of practice platform to share experience, cultivate, encourage and integrate best practices among working groups. The platform also creates opportunity to strengthen collaboration with other organizations on how to systemize various dispute resolution practices without duplicating efforts in the same project communities. The overall objective is to share new knowledge and learnings of best practices around PVE, while developing innovative ideas on project management on PVE activities in communities among GCERF recipients.
1. To foster engagement among partners and stakeholders working on PVE.
2. To understand the challenges and barriers of implementation of PVE programmes in the communities.
3. Showcase systems and structures designed to address conflict in the communities