The project icommit develops models, tools, and training courses to improve collaboration between different stakeholders involved in disengagement and reintegration (D&R) and strengthen their preparedness in the prevention and countering of (violent) extremism (P/CVE) with regards to both violent right-wing extremism (VREW) and Islamist extremism (VIE).
Based on empirical and theoretical research, which complements experience from previous EU-projects (e.g. EMMA, Prepare, WayOut), icommit designs developmental phase-specific models for multi-stakeholder collaboration (MSC). For their successful implementation, it offers a training curriculum for MSC teams across Europe, composed of security and non-security actors, state and non-state actors. Furthermore, the project strengthens the professional roles of non-security actors within MSC to better include all relevant perspectives in the MSC decision making process. To reach this goal, it develops models and guidelines for comprehensive case analysis and a related certification course for non-security actors, which ensures proficient use and local adaptation through practice-based training. Participants will be part of the larger MSC teams receiving the overarching training programme. In addition, the project opens up to external non-security actors to amplify long-term benefit in D&R efforts.
Through these actions, icommit provides mutual transparency on roles, tools and needs of the different stakeholders involved in multi-stakeholder collaboration. icommit will thereby make an innovative difference for set up, monitoring and evaluation of multi-stakeholder collaboration by offering practice-oriented models, guidelines and indicators. It effectively improves cooperation between security and non-security stakeholders to foster holistic case management for sustainable D&R. Apart from primary target group impact, sustainability and dissemination of outcomes are an important project focus and will be facilitated by all project partners, including Efus’ membership from 16 European countries and the consortium’s strong international practitioner, policy and NGO networks.
The project aims to improve stakeholders’ responses and risk mitigation in D&R concerning VREW and VIE. To reach this objective, the project is based on two interrelated tracks addressing the improvement of MSC (Track 1) and the preparedness of stakeholders (Track 2) in the field of D&R.
Track 1 identifies gaps and challenges of non-security stakeholders in D&R settings to allow them to effectively partner up with other stakeholders in MSC. It highlights the importance of non-security perspectives for a holistic and coherent case management by developing and providing the icommit diagnostics toolkit. Outputs of Track 1 include the development of developmental phase-specific models for multi-stakeholder collaboration in reintegration and disengagement and implementation of a multi-stakeholder team training course.
Track 2 aims to strengthen MSC in the context of D&R on the local level by enhancing professional roles and perspectives. In order to achieve this, icommit targets city-level MSC teams consisting of security and non-security stakeholders. It seeks to strengthen these MSC by addressing three gaps:
1) the availability of developmental phase-specific models and support to set up, manage and evaluate MSC activities;
2) the availability of a space to align perspectives, roles and methods as a team;
3) team support in goal-setting for structural development of MSC.
Outputs of Track 2 include the design of models for comprehensive case analysis (Social Diagnostics) and corresponding implementation of a Certification Course for non-security stakeholders.
Gaining from the interplay of the two tracks, icommit strives to:
a) sensitise all stakeholders on underrepresented perspectives in D&R (e.g. impact of gender and roles of non-security actors)
b) enhance professional capability to deal with the complex phenomena of VRWE and VIE by taking into account the diversity of perspectives and methods within a MSC setting
c) enable MSC teams to define their long-term action plans through phase-specific MSC models
d) strengthen long-range, sustainable MSC to effectively mitigate different types of risks in the D&R of extremists.