The Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) is a public-private partnership dedicated to preventing violent extremism. In its first three years, GCERF has reached over two million people in communities at risk. GCERF focuses on local communities because they suffer the most from violent extremism, and because they are optimally placed to understand and act upon the drivers of violent extremism. GCERF’s work is anchored in the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 16: “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.” GCERF is also committed to the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (2006) and the UN Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (2016).
GCERF was established in Geneva, Switzerland, in September 2014, and is currently working in Bangladesh, Kenya, Kosovo, Mali, and Nigeria. In 2019, GCERF will start programmes in Tunisia and the Philippines.
A public-private partnership, GCERF was established to serve as the first global effort to support local, community-level initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremist agendas. Operating at the nexus of security and development, GCERF is committed to working in partnership and consultation with governments, civil society, and the private sector in beneficiary countries to support national strategies to address the local drivers of violent extremism.