Through its newly established Center for Applied Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Chemonics leads a vehicle for research that will not only strengthen implementation, but also influence thinking on CVE more broadly.

About the Center for Applied Approaches to CVE

The Center for Applied Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) aims to identify successful approaches, tools, practices, and methodologies for countering and preventing violent extremism (PVE) based on quantitative and qualitative data as well as Chemonics’ extensive experience in this sector.

We recognize that while many approaches and methodologies have worked in the CVE space, these established practices can get lost among the search for the next “new thing.” Meanwhile, the threat of violent extremism continues to grow. The Center addresses this issue by identifying those tried and true tools, methodologies, and approaches that have already been tested and have a strong evidence base for success. By sharing this information with the broader development industry, we hope to promote more effective and timely programming to address one of today’s biggest threats to security and stability.

To do our part in addressing this pressing issue, Chemonics is combining its wealth of experience implementing CVE programs worldwide with quality research by leading experts. Through our CVE programs across the Middle East and North Africa, we bring more than 40 years of experience implementing programs in related sectors such as governance and rule of law, community engagement, economic growth, and community development — particularly in fragile states that are often the breeding ground for extremism. Drawing on this experience, the Center examines a variety of sectors to identify multifaceted solutions to problems that are often the result of complex sociopolitical and economic factors.

The Center is examining best practices in supporting good governance to counter violent extremism, as well as innovative approaches to monitor and evaluate impact of PVE/CVE programming. Experts in the Center are also exploring the application of social and behavior change communications to PVE/CVE programming and the link between government service delivery and countering violent extremism.

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 Todd Diamond

Michele Piercey

 Rhett Gurian

 Bridget Burke

 Stacia George

Christina Schultz

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