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  • Polling Data: Americans View Humanitarian Aid As Tool to Counter Terror | Charity & Security Network
    and seeing aid as a valuable tool in combating terrorism The following excerpts are from the polling data relating to aid and development work international laws and human rights US Public Opinion on Development and Humanitarian Aid Nearly half 49 percent of Americans polled said providing economic aid to raise living standards in countries where terrorists are recruited is the most appropriate way to fight terrorism Americans were more likely than Europeans to identify preventing breeding grounds for terrorism as a top reason for development aid When asked whether they had a favorable or unfavorable view of providing development assistance to poor countries 66 percent of Americans expressed a favorable view There is a broad U S consensus nearly 80 percent that developed countries have a moral responsibility to work to reduce hunger and severe poverty in poor countries A majority of Americans 64 percent believe that development assistance strengthens support for democratic institutions in developing countries Views on International Cooperation In every country polled including the U S support for a global system based on the rule of law international treaties and robust multilateral institutions was high including abiding by international law even when doing so is at odds with its perceived national interest Majorities of both U S and international responders believe that global challenges are simply too complex and daunting to be addressed by unilateral or even regional means Both U S and international responders want the UN to actively promote human rights and investigate human rights violations Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/background/Polling_Data_Americans_View_Humanitarian_Aid_As_Tool_Counter_Terror (2016-02-16)
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  • Obama Unveils Policy Directive on Development | Charity & Security Network
    civil society to take advantage of what they do best The PPD has not been made public but a fact sheet released by the White House says the focus of the directive is on Developing broad based economic growth democratic governance game changing innovations and sustainable systems for meeting basic human needs Providing a model for the U S to be a more effective partner and to leverage our leadership on aid and development campaigns Utilizing development capabilities from all government agencies in support of the policy Other highlights from the White House Fact Sheet include Creating a U S Global Development Council featuring experts from civil society who will help shape and comment on U S development policies Rebuilding USAID as as the world s premier development agency including the development of robust policy budget planning and evaluation capabilities and streamlined operating methods and greater transparency Establishing a multi agency Development Strategy to be submitted to the President every four years Successful implementation of the PPD which is scheduled for FY 2012 looks promising due to the breadth of support it has already received InterAction the largest coalition of aid and development groups in the U S released an analysis of the PPD and praised it as a step in the right direction The Director for Aid Effectiveness of Oxfam America Greg Adams said it contains some incredibly profound changes to the way the U S pursues global development policy Speaking at a roundtable discussion on Sept 28 Defense Secretary Robert M Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton both applauded the PPD for its focus on using strategic development as part of the overall national security plan The way to prevent conflict Gates said is through development Development creates stability it contributes to better governance Clinton called

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Obama_Unveils_Policy_Directive_Development (2016-02-16)
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  • House Hearing Examines Government & Community Engagement Efforts To Disrupt Terror Plots | Charity & Security Network
    based Freedom and Justice Foundation cautioned against continuing the securitizing of the relationship between the two and called for a healthy division of labor Effective and constitutionally compliant countering violent extremism policy recognizes that there is a division of labor between the United States Government and the community Highlighting the strengths capabilities and limitations of both government and community groups he presented eight micro strategies that together would improve our country s counter terrorism architecture They are 1 Identify a U S Violent Radicalization Interdiction Framework 2 Improve Law Enforcement Information Sharing 3 Create an Interagency Strategic Communications Working Group 4 Develop State Level Law Enforcement Engagement Strategies 5 Install Effective DHS DOJ Redress Processes 6 Promote Social Delinquency Prevention Integration Programs 7 Include U S Congressional Engagement Information Sharing 8 Engage with the U S Public Media Academia etc Click here to learn more about each of these micro strategies Margo Schlanger Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security DHS told the Committeee she believed the administration supported community engagement efforts saying frequent responsive and thoughtful engagement with diverse communities is an imperative of effective government Schlanger described several engagement activities with American Arab Muslim Sikh and South Asian Communities including roundtable events and youth engagement efforts Our engagement efforts build crucial channels of communication both educating us about the concerns of communities affected by DHS activities and giving those communities reliable information about policies and procedures They build trust by facilitating resolution of legitimate grievances She also described the partnership as one not based exclusively on terrorism Countering violent extremism is neither the principal reason we engage these communities nor the lens through which we view this engagement Other speakers at the hearing including Sheriff Lee Baca of the Los Angeles County

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/House_Hearing_Government_Community_Engagement_Disrupt_Terror_Plots (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism Programming | Charity & Security Network
    symposium sponsored by the Government of Canada in conjunction with the Global Counterterrorism Forum and reviews the conceptual and operational challenges facing evaluation of programs intended to prevent terrorism by improving the resilience of individuals and communities against the appeal of violent extremism Four case studies for evaluating the outcomes of such programs are presented Canada Denmark USAID in East Africa and the German civil society group Violence Prevention Network The report recommends creation of a compendium of existing evaluation practices and models a database of standardized typologies of evaluation terms and practices dialog and training with government officials and civil society partners and a handbook for evaluation practice for civil society Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/Report_Evaluating_CVE (2016-02-16)
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  • Inspiring Stories of Six Women Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia | Charity & Security Network
    puritanical and radical groups in the largest Muslim country of the world With their steadfast faith and rejection of violent and repressive ideology these women serve as a pillar of strength in combating violence in their communities and communicating values to young people that encompass human security Traditional Islam human rights activism and feminism need not be mutually exclusive the report says They can inspire and augment one another Inayah Rohmaniyah one of the women featured in the report is living proof of this Raised in a traditional Islamic boarding school as a child Rohmaniyah would later earn university degrees in Indonesia and the United States before becoming a professor and Islamic scholar able to lead women as well as men in prayer In the environment she comes from the report notes this is nothing short of a Copernican revolution In her work as an academic and activist Rohmaniyah responds to the emerging elements of fundamentalism in her country by preaching tolerance and openness and by serving as a role model for young women and girls A key part of her work includes expanding the conversation about a wide range of subjects including some considered taboo in many conservative communities across Indonesia Not only with Sharia judges or Islamic militants but more importantly with women in closed religious communities Our faith binds us but of course there is also solidarity as women as mothers as spouses as daughters This kind of dialogue is becoming ever more crucial for our country Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/Stories_Six_Women_Countering_Violent_Extremism_Indonesia_Cordaid (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: Focus on Human Security Best Way to Counter Terrorism | Charity & Security Network
    objectives Overly militarized counterterrorism policies based on isolating and destroying terrorist groups have harmed civilians and undermine the essential work of human rights defenders conflict prevention practitioners and humanitarian aid workers the report says For example indiscriminately labeling armed groups as terrorists obscures important differences in grievances and objectives that must be understood to develop effective long term solutions A better way the authors argue would be a framework that evaluates security policy on the basis of protection of individuals rather than number of terrorists killed or apprehended By re focusing policymaking on individual and community well being the report says human security holds governments accountable to citizens the international system and human rights obligations found in international law This can be achieved by enlisting the aid of civil society organizations which are often positioned to bridge gaps between global policy and local realities Local civil society actors hold unique local knowledge the trust of local actors and an understanding of root causes of conflict that drive extremism the report says Recommendations to the UN and donor countries include Having countries meet their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect innocent civilians in armed conflict Holding militarized counterterrorism measures to higher scrutiny To uphold the rule of law human rights and protect human rights defenders in counterterrorism measures Protecting space for Track II diplomacy and humanitarian aid by reforming listing practices to allow civil society engagement with armed actors Establishing a regular mechanism for UN entities to engage with civil society actors in order to create a better understanding of their perspectives and to develop a common language that is suitable to context specific situations The report was released at an Oct 31 event sponsored by Cordaid and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict on the role

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/Focus_Human_Security_Best_Way_Counter_Terrorism (2016-02-16)
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  • CRS Report on White House’s Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism | Charity & Security Network
    the CVE strategy goes beyond conventional policing efforts and includes law enforcement activity within the open marketplace of ideas where citizens are free to weigh competing ideologies and engage in constitutionally protected speech and expression Following the 9 11 attacks law enforcement agencies came to realize the prevention of terrorist attacks would require the cooperation and assistance of American Muslim Arab and Sikh communities the CRS report says This has not prevented several controversial covert spying operations by law enforcement on American Muslims communities in New York and New Jersey that are perceived to unfairly target law abiding citizens or infringe on speech religion assembly or due process rights The report identifies issues for Congress to consider including The lack of a single agency managing all of the activities and efforts of the plan This makes it difficult to determine the levels of federal funding and personnel devoted to CVE efforts An engagement strategy driven by federal agencies charged with intelligence gathering and law enforcement responsibilities runs the risk of securitizing relationships with community members Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/CRS_Report_White_House_Countering_Violent_Extremism (2016-02-16)
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  • Two New Reports: Homegrown Terror Threat Exaggerated | Charity & Security Network
    Muslim American community continues to be a source of initial tips alerting law enforcement authorities to violent terrorist plots having identified over 50 individuals who have been involved in terrorist plots since 9 11 The report s authors say Americans need to remain vigilant against the threat of homegrown terrorism but maintain a responsible sense of proportion in describing the actual threat that exists Adding to this picture a report from the James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University examined the characteristics of over 100 people suspected of having ties to terrorist activity over the last few years Its goal was to identify any perpetrator patterns that presented themselves in the hopes that the revelations could help equip decision makers with insight to the threat Demographics analyzed included place of birth overseas travel experience age education etc Instead of finding a common profile among the suspects the report concludes that no one all encompassing profile can be made and the exact moment of the radicalization process cannot be determined Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/Homegrown_Terror_Threat_Exaggerated (2016-02-16)
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