Lifecycle Initiative Toolkit


Act Change Transform (Act!) (Kenya)

Is a leading Kenyan not-for-profit, non-governmental organization involved in diverse development initiatives in Kenya. Act!’s main programme focus is in Environment and Natural Resources Management; Democracy and Human Rights and Peace Building and Conflict Transformation.

C-SAVE - Civil Society Against Violent Extremism (Indonesia)

C-SAVE is a network of civil society organizations collaborating to address violent extremism in Indonesia, the region and globally.

Carefronting (Nigeria)

Carefronting – Nigeria is a non-governmental, non-religious, non-political and a non-for-profit making organization assembled in the year 2000. Carefronting – Nigeria is an assemblage of individuals from different organization with varied social works background. Some members of the team are members of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a project that has been working on peace building in twelve states in Nigeria for four years. Carefronting – Nigeria’s mission is a peaceful society free of all forms of violence, discrimination and abuse and to promote full participation of youths and women in all sectors of national development.

EXIT Sweden (Sweden)

EXIT works for those who are active in nationalist movements and want to get help leaving them. Several of those who work for EXIT have themselves been active in different nationalist groups and now help others based on their own experiences. Exit works with young people who want out of nationalist environments, professional groups to help them educate and supervise these young people, relatives and local municipalities and local business owners to help those already out start their own lives.

Extreme Dialogue

Extreme Dialogue aims to reduce the appeal of extremism among young people and offer a positive alternative to the increasing amounts of extremist material and propaganda available on the Internet and social media platforms. It pairs a series of short documentary films about victims of violent extremism with educational resources to be used for youths in classroom and community settings.

Extremely Together, A Kofi Annan Foundation Initiative (Switzerland)

The Kofi Annan Foundation mobilizes political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights. Violent extremism has become a major threat to our societies in general, and to young people in particular. Rather than telling young people what they should do, we have worked to empower ten exceptional young leaders to carry their message to their peers and create a global movement of young people countering violent extremism from the bottom up.

Families for Life (UK)

Families for Life™ is an independent, non-judgmental and confidential counselling and support service specifically aimed at families or friends who have been affected by radicalization. Set up in 2016, Families for Life™ provides families with a safe environment in which to voice their experiences and empower them to share similar problems. Family support of (possible) radicalization is primarily about counselling and aiding parents in dealing with the situation at hand.

FATE (Families Against Terrorism and Extremism)

FATE is an organic network of organisations working in communities across Europe and North Africa to prevent radicalisation, counter violent extremism and fight back against terrorism. The website offers resources such as videos, open letters, and articles that touch on the pain, shame, guilt, and resilience associated with having a loved one be radicalized.

Formm (USA)

Formm was founded in 2014, with the goal of educating underprivileged communities around the world through innovative design and construction. Due to their experience in surviving a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso, Formm believes that now, more than ever, anger and fear must be met with education, acceptance and cultural understanding, in order to foster the creation of a more peaceful world.

Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) (Switzerland)

The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), based in Geneva, Switzerland, is the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremism in states where support is most needed. As a public-private partnership operating at the nexus of security and development, GCERF works with governments, civil society, the private sector, and the international community in beneficiary countries to support national strategies to address the local drivers of violent extremism.

Hayat (Germany, Canada)

Hayat is the first German counseling program for persons involved in radical Salafist groups or on the path of a violent Jihadist radicalization, including those travelling to Syria and other combat zones. HAYAT is available to the relatives of a radicalized person as well, and in collaboration with the German government, established a national counseling hotline on radicalization.

Hedayah (UAE)

Hedayah seeks to provide the experience and expertise needed to counter violent extremism. Its research focuses on promoting dialogue about violent radicalization between researchers/academics, civil society, and national and local actors.

Human Security Collective (the Netherlands)

The Human Security Collective protects and expands the operational and political space of civil society and puts human security into practice by: 1) convening, coordinating and facilitating dialogue between civil society, policy shapers and other actors to enhance alternative approaches to current security and counter-terrorism practice; 2) encouraging and supporting practitioners to document, analyze and disseminate their security alternatives among civil society and security and development actors and 3) providing a secure platform for human security interaction.

Inclusive Security (USA)

Inclusive Security aims to change the international security paradigm by increasing the participation of women in the prevention and transformation of violent conflict. They seek to equip and empower women by providing research on inclusion and peace building, including extensive reports about women’s roles in countering violent extremism in various countries.

International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) (Malta)

The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) provides invaluable support to the GCTF, through the development and implementation of GCTF good practices and memoranda and other initiatives with criminal justice practitioners and experts. This cooperation includes the support of the Neuchâtel Memorandum on Good Practices for Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context and the Recommendations Relating to Contributions by Parliamentarians in Developing an Effective Response to Terrorism. The IIJ promotes the implementation of the GCTF good practices by training judges and prosecutors on how to address terrorism-related activities within a rule of law framework.

ISD - Powering new generations against extremism (UK)

Our work helps protect, foster and normalize a civic culture of freedom, openness and respect for the rights of others, without which there can be no durable peace and freedom. In innovating, trialing and scaling data-driven solutions across our ecosystem of unique influencer networks, city, government and private sector partnerships, we aim to mount a soft power strategy, proportional in influence and impact to the ever-more sophisticated, cross-border polarization and recruitment machineries of state and non-state actors promulgating hate, division and conflict.

International Youth Action (Kenya)

Kenya based registered charitable trust working on bringing the issue of youth action in counter-terrorism efforts amongst the masses.

Models for Change (USA)

Models for Change supports a network of government and court officials, legal advocates, educators, community leaders, and families working together to ensure that children who commit serious offenses are held accountable, but treated fairly throughout the juvenile justice process. They advocate for community-based alternatives to incarceration and post-release services to facilitate reintegration.

Justice for All - Prison Fellowship Ethiopia (Ethiopia)

Justice For All – Prison Fellowship Ethiopia (JFA-PFE), initially known by the name “Prison Fellowship Ethiopia (PFE)”, was founded in 1992 as a non-government organization in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE). Since its establishment, JFA-PFE has been working on the improvement of prisoners’ lives and handling them in its holistic manner. Later on in 2006, it became evident that improving prisoners’ well-being requires embracing the entire justice sector and this led the organization to gradually expand into the area of promoting human rights, good governance and rule of law in Ethiopia. As a result, the then Prison Fellowship Ethiopia (PFE) restructured itself as “Justice for All – Prison Fellowship Ethiopia” (JFA-PFE).To date, the organization is making gap-filling interventions in the justice system of Ethiopia for prevalence of justice which is very fundamental to enhance and sustain development of the country.

Kenya Community Support Centre (KECOSCE) (Kenya)

The Kenya Community Support Center (KECOSCE) was founded in 2006 and has been working in the coastal region of Kenya, it was established to address democratic governance, socio‐economic and youth concerns with a focus on the coast of Kenya. The main purpose of Kenya Community Support Center (KECOSCE) is to promote and facilitate institutionalization of the values and practices of good governance at all levels of society as a basis for sustainable social‐economic development. KECOSCE programmes are anchored on peoples’ empowerment with the realization that the greatest resource is people and that their active participation is imperative in the transformation and development process. The new focus places more emphasis on the role of the people and their popular organizations as potentially being central to the realization of popular participation. People especially the marginalized and vulnerable have to be fully involved, committed and indeed, seize the initiative. It is in this regard that KECOSCE views creating and strengthening vibrant grass‐root, voluntary and self‐reliant people’s organizations and structures that are rooted in the tradition and culture of the society so as to ensure community empowerment and self‐development.

Montreal Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (Canada)

The mission of the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) is to develop innovative expertise in the prevention of radicalization leading to violence as well as of hate crimes and incidents, throughout the province of Quebec. It is mandated with documenting the nature of such phenomena, developing a range of prevention strategies, setting out guidelines for prevention and intervention in these areas, and providing tools and support to family members, teachers, professionals and members of the community regarding these issues. The CPRLV draws on the expertise of its employees, as well as that of its community and institutional partners.

NEEM Foundation (Nigeria)

Neem Foundation is Non-Governmental Organisation that is committed to improving the lives of those affected by the North- East insurgency in Nigeria through building inclusive communities, providing and raising the standards of psycho-social care and countering extremist narratives. NEEM Foundation is committed to improving the lives of those affected by the insurgency and preventing violence through building inclusive communities, providing and raising the standards of psychological services, and supporting conflict prevention and peace building initiatives at the community level.

Mothers for Life Network

Mothers for Life aims to coordinate activities and provide guidance and counsel to mothers who are part of it by circulating information and helping to get in touch with mothers and families in close proximity. It also aims to create strong and convincing counter narratives.

PAIMAN Alumni Trust (Pakistan)

PAIMAN Alumni Trust (PAIMAN) aims to reach out to women and young people in the conflict-ridden region of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, and conflict affected and conflict-prone districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through awareness of the impacts of radicalization and extremism on their lives and the role they can play in combating it.

Penal Reform International (PRI) (UK)

PRI is an independent non-governmental organization that seeks to develop and promote fair, effective, and proportionate responses to global criminal justice problems. They work with inter-governmental organizations to reform legislation and practice.

S.A.V.E. Belgium (Belgium)

Society Against Violent Extremism is a non-profit organization based in Brussels whose aim is the fight against all forms of violent radicalization.

Sawab Center

The Sawab Center is a joint UAE-US digital communications hub aimed at combating violent extremist ideologies online and promoting positive alternatives. Since its launch in July 2015, the Sawab Center has encouraged governments, communities, and individual voices to engage proactively to counteract online extremism. Over this time, the Center has given voice to the millions of people around the world who oppose violent extremist ideologies, while supporting efforts to expose terrorist groups’ brutality and criminal nature.

Search for Common Ground (Belgium, USA)

Instead of tearing down an existing world, SCG focuses on constructing a new one through a type of peace building called conflict transformation. Meaning: SCG looks to change the everyday interactions between groups of people in conflict, so they can work together to build up their community, choosing joint problem-solving over violence. The mission of Search for Common Ground is to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches, toward cooperative solutions.

Sons and Daughters of the World

S&D is not a de-radicalization program. The goal is to create awareness with knowledge/ facts and to the point that the various parties (parents, mentors, teachers, social workers) get the help they need to stop radicalization from happening. S&D puts pressure on politicians and the authorities to bring awareness on getting the right de-radicalization programs out there. Families need help while they are in the middle of a radicalization process. By doing so, they will get the tools to change the path their family is on and be able to combat violent extremism.

"Syrien ne bouge… agissons!" (France)

Dominique Bons founded the charitable organization Syrien ne bouge…Agissons, a French play on words: literally translated, it means “Nothing’s moving in Syria, let’s act,” but if the first syllable is phonetically stressed, as in “Si rien,” it means “If nothing moves, let’s act.” It represents Ms. Bons’ homage to her son and his half-brother, who were killed fighting in Syria. The organization strives to help the relatives of youths who have been radicalized, and persuade authorities to do more to stop more young people from spiraling down the path of violent extremism.

Together We Build It (Libya)

Together We Build It, is a non-profit organization that was founded and launched in 2011 to support a peaceful democratic transition in Libya, through empowering women and youth to participate in the political and public sphere, and emphasizing the relevant role of women and youth in the peace-building process.

Women Without Borders (Austria)

The organization’s core focus is its pioneering ‘MotherSchools: Parenting for Peace’ Model, which has been strengthening local, national, and global security for over a decade. This bottom-up security approach positions civil society to address the dangers of extremism while fostering dialogue between local stakeholders and global decision-makers. MotherSchools have engaged over two thousand mothers in twelve countries across Western and Eastern Europe, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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