How effective are P/CVE mentorship programmes?

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Prevention Project Seminar Series: Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Through Mentorship Initiatives.

Over the past two years, RUSI’s Terrorism and Conflict group has conducted extensive research on the effectiveness of global preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) interventions. The Prevention Project aims to analyse P/CVE interventions, looking ‘what can and what has not worked’.

The fourth webinar in this series provides insights into the role mentorship interventions play in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE).

Prevention is a vital pillar of counterterrorism (CT) strategies across the globe. Yet despite nearly 20 years of preventive initiatives, this issue continues to be highly politicised and contested. To help address this, RUSI has launched The Prevention Project, a series of literature reviews drawing on over 500 documents – from academic studies to programme evaluations and policy briefs – to interrogate the available P/CVE evidence base across different contexts.

As part of the Prevention Project, the Terrorism and Conflict Research Group has completed a study assessing the effectiveness of mentorship interventions in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). The paper demonstrates that evaluations of mentoring programmes are limited in number and scope – as with the wider P/CVE field. Existing evaluations often lack well-developed theories of change and are over-reliant on anecdotal evidence. It is therefore difficult to draw causal links between mentoring and positive P/CVE outcomes. However, this paper is cautiously optimistic about the effectiveness of mentorship programmes.

This webinar focuses on what can work (and what has not worked) in P/CVE Mentorship programmes. The author, Emily Winterbotham, gives an overview of the paper’s main conclusions, followed by presentations of academics and practitioners working in the field.

This event is chaired by Luniya Msuku - Director, RUSI Nairobi.

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