PROVA Projects

Germany

Community Counteracting Radicalisation

Community Counteracting Radicalisation

Throughout Europe we can observe an increased preparedness to prevent and counteract young people´s radicalisation towards violent and militant extremism. However, in previous efforts, there seems to be skepticism about the involvement of local communities and civil society resources in the activities. The CoCoRa project therefore aims to develop a prevention strategy in close collaboration with local communities that may be targeted by violent extremists.

website:
http://cocoraproject.eu/

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The CONCORDIA project

The CONCORDIA project

Harnessing the power of digital media tools to prevent the radicalisation of vulnerable youth

In Europe today there are a wide range of situations and circumstances where extremist narratives have emerged as powerful and destructive tools used by religious fanatics, terrorists and those espousing radical political views to radicalize vulnerable youth. Indeed, it is clear that the range of situations and circumstances where radicalization can occur increases with every economic downturn; every incident of racial hatred or homophobic abuse; every new migrant or refugee crisis.

The CONCORDIA Project consortium comprises 8 partners representing 8 Member States. It is led by Jugendförderverein Parchim/Lübz e.V. from Germany who are supported by Asociatia pentru Educatie si Dezvoltare Durabila from Romania; Die Kärntner Volkshochschulen from Austria; Centrum inspirace from the Czech Republic; Future In Perspective from Ireland; Etudes Et Chantiers Corsica from France; SYNTHESIS Centre for Research and Education from Cyprus and Innoventum Oy from Finland.

While it is widely accepted that teenage years can be a particularly hard time for some young people in the vast majority of cases issues that arise are of a transient nature and the young people in question with appropriate supports successfully negotiate the pitfalls. For a small minority these challenges persist and are often further exacerbated by a lack of positive role models and feelings of alienation from their peer group. For this cohort of vulnerable youth the path to an inclusive and rewarding life can be somewhat obscured. Educational under-achievement most often leads to social exclusion and multi-faceted disadvantage and in a small number of cases young adolescents on the margins of society and economy are being attracted to extremist groups enticed by the false promises of Neo-Nazi or “Islamic State” ideologies.

website:
https://www.concordia.website/en/home/

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Verein für multikulturelle Kinder- und Jugendhilfe-Migrationsarbeit

Verein für multikulturelle Kinder- und Jugendhilfe-Migrationsarbeit

Counselling for religiously-based extremism

The counselling network “Grenzgänger” is a counselling service for families, institutions, social workers and teachers, who are confronted by religiously-based extremism. The initiative supports them by providing telephone and face-to-face counselling und organizes events or further education in order to give more information to help seekers.

website:
www.ifak-bochum.de/beratungsnetzwerk-grenzgaenger/

mail / contact:
Tel: +49 (0)234 6 72 21
Fax: +49 (0)234 68 33 36
E-Mail: ifak@ifak-bochum.de

Infoservice “Prevention of Radicalisation” / Source: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend / Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Infoservice “Prevention of Radicalisation” / Source: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend / Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

The Infoservice provides practical background information and materials to the challenge of Salafist currents. It is addressed to all professional groups who come into contact with the subject in the course of their activities, including in school and non-school  education and in public administration. In addition to background contributions, current developments with regard to the subject area Salafism as well as from the specialist discussion on the prevention of radicalization are taken up. The Infodienst also links to educational materials and practical support of all kind.

The “Infodienst Radikalisierungsprävention”, together with the “Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb)”, runs a database of nationwide contacts and assistance offers in the area of Salafism. In the data base, e.g. addresses for consultations, hotlines, trainings, workshops or information materials are included. Interested and affected persons can search for addresses in their vicinity via a map. Both the search for keywords, as well as the search in a federal state as well as a circular search is possible. There are currently over 50 addresses in the database. Also the model projects for the prevention of Islamic orientations and actions from the federal program “Demokratie leben! – Democracy live!” are included in the database.

website:
https://www.demokratie-leben.de/wissen/veroeffentlichungen-der-bundeszentrale-fuer-politische-bildung/infodienst-radikalisierungspraevention.html

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BeratungsNetzwerk hessen – gemeinsam für Demokratie und gegen Rechtsextremismus

BeratungsNetzwerk hessen – gemeinsam für Demokratie und gegen Rechtsextremismus

“What should I say ?!” is the title of a publication dealing with right-wing extremism and racism in workaday school life. It makes clear how racism is perceived in workaday school life, what forms of interaction and possibilities for action are available, and what support is needed for teachers and school workers.

website:
https://beratungsnetzwerk-hessen.de/

mail / contact:
https://beratungsnetzwerk-hessen.de/kontakt#top

Verein Drudel 11 e.V. / Jena / Germany

Verein Drudel 11 e.V. / Jena / Germany

Within the framework of a model project (“OHA Online Hate Removal”), a virtual training to reduce hate and violence will be developed and tested until 2019. With the training being developed, a web-based offer for deradicalization is being tested. The target group of the project are right-wing extremes and right-wing oriented young people. The training is to be tested and implemented first in the penal system for youth, the penitentiary, the probation or the juvenile court. In a second step, the web-based training program is to be made available on the Internet.

website:
http://blog.oha-training.de/

mail / contact:
Telefon: +49 (0)3641 / 35 78 05
Fax: +49 (0)3641 / 35 78 06
E-Mail: oha@drudel11.de

Pilot projects on ways to prevent radicalisation - Federal programme “Live democracy!”

Pilot projects on ways to prevent radicalisation - Federal programme “Live democracy!”

A series of pilot projects supported within the federal programme "Live Democracy!" is looking at ways to prevent radicalisation processes in the areas of right-wing extremism, ultranationalism, latently violent Islamism, salafist phenomena and instrumentalisations of Islam, and violently based, anti-democratic forms of left-wing militancy.

The projects are based in social settings that are conflict hotspots and develop conflict management strategies with the aim of identifying constructive, democratic ways of addressing problems and conflicts. In line with social prevalence patterns, the pilot projects seek to trial heterogeneous accesses, different social settings-based approaches as well as a variety of de-escalation and distancing strategies in respect of the above phenomena and the various manifestations, interactions and root causes of radicalisation processes in young people.

The projects include, for instance, the testing of measures to prevent radicalisation online and through social media and the discussion of online services with radical political contents, the piloting of peer-based distancing strategies, the further development of programmes for working with the parents of vulnerable young people or coaching politically or religiously motivated violent juvenile offenders.

website:
https://www.demokratie-leben.de

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Berlin State Program Radicalization Prevention

Berlin State Program Radicalization Prevention

In 2015, for the first time, a round table was held with representatives of the Berlin Senate administrations as well as experts from the Freie Träger in the field of violence and extremism prevention, to discuss a common strategy of prevention and deradicalization for extremist Salafism. As a result, the Berlin Regional Program was developed by the Berlin Land Commission against Violence. Initiatives, projects and measures to promote radicalization as well as intervention and deradicalization are promoted throughout Berlin.

The focus is on prevention work at schools and institutions of child and youth welfare.

website:
http://www.berlin.de

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Gangway

Gangway

Gangway e.V. was founded in 1992 and is funded by the Senat von Berlin, several district services of Berlin and private donations.

Activities include:

  • Social Streetwork for young people and adults in Berlin
  • Vocational counseling for young people
  • Supporting and Counseling of young ex-inmates after release
  • Workshops and cultural education in prisons
  • Anti Violence training/ diversity training

website:
www.gangway.de

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JugendKrisenDienst (Youth Crisis Service)

JugendKrisenDienst (Youth Crisis Service)

Training courses, anti-violence seminars and other ambulatory care allowances, in which delinquent adolescents and adolescents between the ages of 14 and 21 years are admitted to court or in the context of aid to education, are all about social competences and a life perspective without being punished.

website:
http://www.pfefferwerk.de

mail / contact:
Abteilung Jugendhilfeverbund,
Mühlenstraße 21,
13187 Berlin

Dropout Programme for Right-wing Extremists

Dropout Programme for Right-wing Extremists

Right-wing extremism is a social problem which forces the government to take action in many fields. The dropout programme of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) is a contribution of the Federal Ministry of the Interior to the Federal Government's action catalogue against right-wing extremism, xenophobia and violence.

The dropout programme was launched by BfV in 2001 to help individuals to leave the right-wing extremist scene. It is designed to motivate in particular young people to opt out of the right-wing extremist milieu and to strengthen their determination.

The BfV wants to address people who have come under the sphere of influence of right-wing extremist groups and who want to get out, but are not able to do so on their own.

website:
https://www.verfassungsschutz.de

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Dropout Programme for Left-wing Extremists

Dropout Programme for Left-wing Extremists

The dropout programme for left-wing extremists run by the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) is a contribution to the Federal Government's action catalogue against all forms of extremism and violence and in favour of more tolerance and democracy.

The dropout programme offers those seeking help individual assistance in various forms, based on the principle of "Helping People Help Themselves". This requires the potential dropout's willingness to actually quit the left-wing extremist scene aided by the programme. Possible support always depends on the individual case. The BfV's measures pursued in co-operation with state and non-state agencies.

website:
https://www.verfassungsschutz.de

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The Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism KIgA Political Education for the German multicultural society

The Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism KIgA Political Education for the German multicultural society

Founded in 2003/04, the Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism (KIgA), a registered non-profit organisation, was one of the first German civil society initiatives to develop education-based methods for dealing with anti-Semitism in a multicultural German society. KIga develops models for curricular and extra-curricular education tailored to the everyday reality of the young people they work with.

The primary audiences for KIgA work are young people and educators from schools and youth centers. The pedagogical work with Arabic, Turkish, and Moslem youth stands in the foreground. In developing educational concepts, it is important to continually analyze and take into proper account the day-to-day realities and attitudes of youth influenced by Islam.

website:
http://www.kiga-berlin.org

mail / contact:
KIgA e.V.,
Kottbusser Damm 94,
10967 Berlin

 

Violence Prevention Network

Violence Prevention Network

Violence Prevention Network is a group of experienced specialists who have been successfully engaged in anti-violence work and the prevention of extremism, as well as in the de-radicalisation of extremist-motivated criminals, for a number of years. In the method of Verantwortungspädagogik® (Education of Responsibility), Violence Prevention Network has identified a way to address people who have affiliated themselves with anti-democratic structures without humiliating them, thus facilitating their reversion to the democratic community.

Vision of Violence Prevention Network is that ideologically vulnerable people and violent offenders motivated by extremism change their behaviour through deradicalisation efforts, lead independent lives and become part of the democratic community, in order to prevent extremism of any kind.

Violence Prevention Network works to ensure that people have the tools and resources available to reflect on and overcome their previous behaviour patterns. The goal is to enable them to live a life in which they do not harm themselves or others.

website:
http://www.violence-prevention-network.de

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Ufuq.de

Ufuq.de

Ufuq.de is a recognized bearer of free youth welfare and is active in political education and prevention on the subjects of Islam, anti-Islam and Islamism. With its offers, we have established ourselves as a contact point for educators, teachers and employees of authorities throughout Germany.

Ufuq strives for alternatives to the excited debates about "parallel societies", religious radicalization and a supposed Islamization of Germany. Ufuq works at the interface between political education, pedagogy, science and political debate and informs, advises and supports the challenges that arise in pedagogical work in the migration society. Ufuq wants to promote pedagogical practice, enrich the exchange of expertise and contribute to the democratic coexistence.

Association ufuq, Berlin is supported by the Land Commission Berlin against Violence, Senate Administration for Home Affairs and Sports; Federal Program "Learning Democracy", Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; Federal Agency for Civic Education.

website:
http://www.ufuq.de

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EXIT Germany

EXIT Germany

EXIT-Germany is an initiative to help anyone who wants to break with right-wing-extremism and to start a new life.

EXIT-Germany was founded by criminologist and former police detective Bernd Wagner and former neo-Nazi leader Ingo Hasselbach. EXIT-Germany has been working since summer 2000 to provide assistance to dropouts from extreme and violent right-wing environments.

EXIT-Germany helps individuals who want to leave the right-wing radical milieu to develop new perspectives outside the right-wing environment. EXIT arranges contacts, provide practical aid and answers questions regarding personal safety, social problems and individual reappraisal.

EXIT also clarifies what may not be feasible. Accordingly, EXIT aims to counter right-wing extremism and hate crime by assisting in breaking with this scene. Here EXIT would like to emphasize that freedom and dignity of every human being as well as the establishment of the principles of equality and mutual respect are the cornerstone of our work. EXIT challenges and counters every extremist ideology that rejects these values but actively engage the individual human being.

website:
http://www.exit-deutschland.de

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HAYAT-Germany - Counseling | De-radicalization | Network

HAYAT-Germany - Counseling | De-radicalization | Network

HAYAT-Germany: Hayat (Turkish and Arabic for “Life“) is a national-wide German counseling program for persons involved in radical Salafist groups or on the path of a violent Jihadist radicalization, including those travelling to Syria and other combat zones.

HAYAT was established in 2011 through an initiative of the „ZDK Gesellschaft Demokratische Kultur“. Since January 2012, HAYAT has been the partner of the German Federal Office for Immigration and Refugee Affairs (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge BAMF), which established a national counseling hotline on radicalization.

HAYAT is addressed to people involved in radical Salafist groups or on the path of a violent Jihadist radicalization, including those travelling to Syria and other combat zones. Furthermore, HAYAT is available to the relatives of a radicalized person as well.

Hayat was established, tying in with the experiences of the first German de-radicalization and disengagement program for highly radicalized neo-Nazis: EXIT-Germany. This initiative developed methods and approaches to counsel and work with the relatives of radicalized persons to eventually prevent, decelerate and invert the radicalization process. Transferring this unique knowledge and experience into the realm of Islamic extremism, HAYAT is now available to parents, friends, teachers, and anyone else who has a relationship to a person potentially on the path of a radicalization.

website:
http://hayat-deutschland.de

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Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

FES is the oldest political foundation in Germany. It orients its work on the fundamental values of social democracy: freedom, justice and solidarity. As a non-profit institution, it acts independently and wants to promote pluralistic social dialogue on the political challenges of the present.

The central task of FES is political education and counseling. The foundation provides basic knowledge about politics and provides access to current debates. As an international think tank, it offers impulses for a policy of social democracy - not just in Germany, but worldwide. The foundation has been established as a partner of German foreign and development policy for decades. The ability to bring together key personnel is a special strength of our international work.

website:
https://www.fes.de

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German Congress on Crime Prevention (GCOCP) Der Deutsche Präventionstag (DPT)

German Congress on Crime Prevention (GCOCP) Der Deutsche Präventionstag (DPT)

The German Congress on Crime Prevention – GCOCP is on the one hand the 1995 founded and meanwhile world’s largest annual conference on the topic of crime prevention and related prevention areas. On the other hand the GCOCP forms with its Institute for Applied Prevention Research (DPT-i) and other key activities a platform for information, knowledge transfer and an interdisciplinary dialogue between prevention practice, prevention research and prevention policies.

The aim of the German Congress on Crime Prevention is to present and strengthen crime prevention within a broad societal framework. Thus it contributes to crime reduction as well as reducing both the fear of crime, and the number of victims of crime.

website:
http://www.praeventionstag.de

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German Forum for Crime Prevention (DFK Stiftung Kriminalitäts-Prävention)

German Forum for Crime Prevention (DFK Stiftung Kriminalitäts-Prävention)

The task of coordinating and fostering co-operation between all the relevant institutions in the field of crime prevention cannot be accomplished only by the police. In July 2001 the German Federal Government and the German States called the Foundation German Forum for Crime Prevention (DFK) into life to act as a national body for crime prevention in Germany by promoting the various approaches that can be undertaken in order to reduce crime.

The Foundation’s task is to use prevention alternatives to the greatest extent possible as well as to support crime prevention in all aspects. This is a task not set by the Federal Government, states and municipalities alone, but rather, as affecting all forces in society, which must work on stemming crime through preventive measures, minimizing the damage therefrom, and, above all, strengthening the public’s sense of security.

All of society must contribute to this and it is a central task of the DFK to bring together all powers relevant to this to take on joint responsibility.

website:
https://www.kriminalpraevention.de

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German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V., DJI)

German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V., DJI)

One of Germany’s largest social science institutes focusing on research and development around the topics of children, youth and families, as well as the political and practical areas related to them.

The DJI is a non-university institute at the interface between various academic disciplines, federal levels, stakeholder groups, areas of the political sphere and practitioners. As such, the Institute offers practice-oriented insights from empirical research, the latest in policy consulting as well as research support and stimulus for practitioners. At the same time, it serves as an intermediary between science, policy, and practitioners.

website:
http://www.dji.de

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Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, „bpb“)

Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, „bpb“)

The Federal Agency for Civic Education is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues for all people in Germany.

The work done by the bpb centres on promoting awareness for democracy and participation in politics.

The broad range of educational activities provided by the bpb is designed to motivate people and enable them to give critical thought to political and social issues and play an active part in political life. Considering Germany's experience with various forms of dictatorial rule down through its history, the Federal Republic of Germany bears a unique responsibility for firmly anchoring values such as democracy, pluralism and tolerance in people's minds.

website:
https://www.bpb.de

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Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend, BMFSFJ)

Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend, BMFSFJ)

Responsibility for the areas:

  • Families
  • Senior Citizens
  • Equality
  • Children and Youth
  • Civic Engagement Policy
  • European and International Cooperation

website:
https://www.bmfsfj.de

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Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge)

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge)

The Federal Office is responsible for implementing asylum proceedings and for granting refugee protection in Germany. At the same time, it coordinates the promotion of integration at national level. Furthermore, the range of tasks also includes migration research, this constituting a research mandate which is entrenched in law in order to obtain analytical information on managing migration. The data and information which are obtained here make it possible to competently advise policy-makers and other stakeholders within society.

website:
http://www.bamf.de

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Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz, BMJV)

Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz, BMJV)

The Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection is primarily a ministry of legislation, also advising the other Federal Ministries in the preparation of legislative proposals. It drafts legislation in the fields of law assigned to its remit, these mainly being the fields of civil law, commercial and economic law, criminal law, and procedural law.

website:
http://www.bmjv.de

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German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA)

German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA)

Co-ordinate crime suppression at national and international level.

The BKA works on the basis of a clear legal mandate, which is defined in the German Constitution and in the "BKA Law" (Law on the BKA and the Cooperation between Federal and State Authorities in Criminal Police Matters).

German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation is an essential cornerstone in a comprehensive system of crime control and works as a partner with the police forces of the Federation and of the individual German states.

The German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation is an essential cornerstone in a comprehensive system of crime control and works as a partner with the police forces of the Federation and of the individual German states. The responsibilities and powers of the BKA, like those of all government agencies, are regulated by law. The BKA is a subordinate agency to the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

website:
https://www.bka.de

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Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst)

Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst)

The mission of the Bundesnachrichtendienst is to provide the Federal Government with fast and comprehensive information. The Federal Government receives the information it needs to make political decisions via state authorities, as well as from the media and academic and other institutions.

However, for a number of countries and topics covered, this information has proved inadequate. In the case of foreign and security policy there is a constant need for specific, reliable and accurate information concerning developments in other countries. The Bundesnachrichtendienst uses intelligence resources of its disposal to collect information unobtainable by any other means. This information is contributes to foreign and security policy decision-making at national level and helps to protect German interests all over the world.

website:
www.bnd.bund.de

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The Joint Terrorism Response Center / Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution

The Joint Terrorism Response Center / Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution

Combating terrorism through the cooperation of different intelligence and police actors - supplemented by flanking measures in the field of aliens law as well as a long-term effective coordination of preventive and repressive needs (holistic approach).

The strengthening of inter-agency cooperation and the intensification of cooperation with representatives of law enforcement also create a culture of trust which is indispensable for the early identification and defense of dangers.

A key element of the success of the GTAZ is the cooperation between intelligence and police institutions and actors. A prerequisite for their co-operation under one roof was the establishment of two separate pillars, namely in the form of the intelligence services and the police information and analysis center (NIAS and PIAS).

website:
https://www.verfassungsschutz.de

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