PAVE: How?

PAVE has two main objectives:

  1. to advance evidence-based knowledge on violent extremism in the broader Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the Western Balkans, and
  2. to strengthen the capacity of policy-makers and community leaders for the development of an effective prevention strategy between the European Union and its neighbourhood.

We will achieve these objectives through a bottom-up, participatory strategy:


The workload is structured into nine work packages that build on each other to implement the overall project.

Work packages

Timeline and implementation of participatory approach

Designed as a three-year project, PAVE members will convene a variety of events including policy roundtables to disseminate the research findings in-country and pilot trainings to test the produced training materials to strengthen community resilience. Additionally, to ensure that the project addresses local needs, two stakeholder committee meetings will be held in each fieldwork country in order to engage key social actors during the design and implementation of the research. These will involve local state and security officials, community (e.g. religious) leaders, civil society representatives as well as organisations and individuals working with at-risk groups. EU and member state policy-makers will also be addressed through policy dissemination events in Brussels and EU project partner countries.