Counterpart Convenings 2018: Advancing Inclusion

Violent Extremism and Stabilization

A View from the Ground


Counterpart International and our partners held an interactive panel discussion about best practices, tools, and solutions for communities in conflict.

Despite the widespread threat of instability and violent extremism, evidence-based community-led solutions remain largely under-developed. As part of the 2018 Counterpart Convenings series, our panelists shared lessons learned and promising practices on innovative tools that can guide the development of robust violence prevention and stabilization programs for communities in conflict.

Event Recap

A video of the event is on our Facebook page, where the event was streamed live.

May 15, 2018
Ronald Reagan Building


Ann Hudock Executive Vice President, Counterpart International

Russell Porter Senior Coordinator, Countering Violent Extremism, United States Agency for International Development

Kelly Uribe Senior Stabilization Advisor, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs
Shands Pickett Director of Analysis and Technology, Development Transformations
Mehreen Farooq Peace & Security Technical Director, Counterpart International

Oliver Wilcox Deputy Director, Countering Violent Extremism, United States Department of State

Kelly Uribe from the Department of Defense opened the conversation by providing context around current interagency policy on stabilization and CVE. Shands Pickett from Development Transformations discussed results from DT’s Radicalization Assessment Framework, which has been used to guide program implementers’ understanding of the underlying structural drivers that fuel radicalization in countries such as Libya, Syria, and Yemen. Mehreen Farooq from Counterpart (CPI) shared CPI’s new violence prevention results framework for assessing the outcomes of programs designed to build community resiliency. The framework will be launched in places where communities seek to mitigate drivers of conflict, improve government responsiveness, provide marginalized communities with hope and a sense of agency, and ultimately reduce the appeal of violence as a viable means for change. Together, these two tools will substantially empower program implementers to promote peace and stability in today’s rapidly shifting conflict-affected environments.