Publi * Tertiary Prevention of Islamist Extremism * Sept 2021

Publication – en allemand et en anglais – du Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik / German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) sur la prévention tertiaire : “Issue Paper on Cooperation in Tertiary Prevention of Islamist Extremism“.


Présentation par les auteurs :

“In tertiary prevention of Islamist extremism, civil society or governmental exit programs support individuals who wish to leave extremist groups and ideologies behind, while security agencies aim to detect and protect against possible security risks. Effective cooperation between civil society and governmental actors including statutory bodies that provide relevant services is crucial but can be challenging.

We are thus pleased to contribute to this debate by presenting you our seventh Issue Paper on Cooperation in Tertiary Prevention of Islamist Extremism.

The issue paper is based on an international digital workshop in September/October 2020 as part of the International Forum for Expert Exchange on Countering Islamist Extremism (InFoEx). Around 30 practitioners, researchers, and governmental officials from several European countries discussed good practices and key challenges regarding the cooperation in tertiary prevention of Islamist extremism.

The following key recommendations emerged from this exchange:

  1. Bring together stakeholders who work on the same cases for regular exchanges on needs and expectations to improve ad-hoc cooperation, establish new multi-agency structures, and strengthen existing ones.
  2. Develop common guidelines for establishing working definitions, objectives, and responsibilities in order to regulate cooperation and information sharing (including aspects regarding data protection) between institutions.
  3. Promote existing and well-functioning approaches to serve as role models for actors wanting to establish new cooperation structures.
  4. Foster trust and the exchange of good practices by strengthening (inter)national peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges and establishing local multi-professional networks or work shadowing offers.
  5. Strengthen expertise and capacity of staff working in youth welfare or public health services by providing needs-based and targeted trainings, for example on (de)radicalization processes. Allocate additional resources to ease their workload.
  6. Promote a culture of learning from mistakes, for example by actively encouraging both internal and external monitoring and evaluation and by promoting the understanding of multi-agency cooperation as a continuous process.”

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