Thematic Working Groups

SAN-PVE is structured around the Thematic Working Groups, which have been identified by the Advisory Board, considering regional needs and priorities.

Each Thematic Working Group counts with the guidance of a leader and deputy leader.

Key functions and tasks to be carried out by Thematic Working Groups include:

  • Collection and dissemination of knowledge, expertise and thematic good practices;
  • Identification of practitioners;
  • Call for papers and ideas;
  • Organising meetings of the Thematic Working Groups;
  • Organising regional meetings with other stakeholders; and
  • Develop a thematic annual working plan.

The Thematic Working Groups draft a thematic annual working plan that includes (for example):

  • Online meetings schedule;
  • Themes of the meeting and events; or
  • Targeted stakeholders and beneficiaries, among others.

The thematic annual working plan will be developed in agreement by the Administrative Office and leaders of the Thematic Working Groups, with the technical assistance of UNODC, and finally approved by the Advisory Board. The thematic annual working plan will include the identification and agreement on host countries of the Administrative Office.

The Thematic Working Groups can vary according to regional priorities.

A specific and cross-cutting gender approach will be adopted by each Thematic Working Group, ensuring that the specific needs and standards applicable to women and girls are met within each working field to prevent and counter violent extremism.

Rehabilitation and Reintegration

The Rehabilitation and Reintegration Thematic Working Group identifies the most successful approaches and initiatives around the region to foster disengagement and de-radicalization processes, with a view to ensure the complete rehabilitation of the individual and affected families, paying special attention to gender- and age-related needs and challenges.

Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

The Law Enforcement Working Group supports police officers and any other law enforcement stakeholders to strengthen their skills to detect and prevent violent extremist processes, to foster the multi-agency and inter-disciplinary coordination, ensuring community and local engagement.

Education and Religious Affairs

The Education Thematic Working Group aims to strengthen skills of teachers, educators and other relevant practitioners to detect and prevent violent extremism processes leading to terrorism in the field of education with a particular focus on children and youth.

Communication and Narratives

The Narratives Thematic Working Group aims to identify the most efficient alternative and counter narratives to prevent violent extremism leading to terrorism in South Asia.

Civil Society and Local Communities

The Civil Society and Local Communities Thematic Working Group is aimed at encouraging the engagement of civil society organisations, community based organisations, local leaders, and youth and women organisations in the development of prevention of violent extremism initiatives, strengthening their skills and ensuring a whole-of-society approach focused on the local needs, priorities and actors.

SAN-PVE is generously funded by the following donors: The Federal Republic of Germany (January to December 2020) and Japan (since April 2018 to date).