Guiding Global Funds to Local Hands
GCERF continues to benefit from the strong support of its current donors, which have renewed their commitments to the Fund and its mission. In 2019, we welcomed both Denmark and Spain as new donors and look forward to building relationships with them.
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“I fully endorse the growing focus on the need to mobilize local actors, including civil society and youth, as our first line of defense against those who preach hate. We believe the Global Community Engagement & Resilience Fund presents an obvious vehicle for putting grassroots level responses to radicalization into action.”
H.E. Jeppe Kofod Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, September 2019
“I was struck by two key factors in combating terrorist radicalisation and recruitment in Nasawara State (Nigeria), both of which GCERF is helping to advance. First, trust between communities and their local authorities is critical in efforts to curb terrorism. Second, young people diverted away from a violent agenda can become our strongest allies for peace.”
Mr. Chris Harnisch, Deputy Coordinator, Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism, United States, October 2019.
“In order to respond to the evolving terrorism threat, we need to build resilience at all levels through a comprehensive and inclusive approach, involving all parts of society. We need to start at the grassroots level by engaging families, local communities, religious bodies and the media to help win the hearts and minds of our young people so they reject the violence and nihilism offered by terrorist groups and violent extremist ideologies. Our increased partnership with GCERF will be critical in this regard.”
Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), June 2019.
“The activity which made the greatest impact on me was the work with unemployed youth. It was a very graphic description of how the work of GCERF can turn around an individual’s life and set him on the path to security. It was very impressive.”
H.E. Mr. Paul Foley, Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia on a field visit to Bangladesh in 2019.
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