Making PVE programmes work

Rethinking approaches to the prevention of violent extremism in Lebanon

Summary:

This policy brief aims to inform state institutions, practitioners and donors working on prevention of violent extremism with youth in Lebanon. Based on findings from research in Tripoli, it recommends that resilience building interventions are linked to other programmes addressing vulnerabilities to violent extremism in the same area, such as work to improve job creation, education and institutional accountability. Resilience building also needs to be complemented with tailored approaches to reduce exposure to and use of violence among youth. According to the study, in the context of everyday violence, even resilient youth continue to see violence as an expression of confidence and agency, and the only way to defend one’s family and community.