The OSCE has a holistic approach to security, with its 57 participating states addressing a wide-range of security-related concerns. Human Security Collective is partnering with the OSCE on developing a youth leadership training programme, promoting ‘context-specific efforts against preventing violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism, developed and led by civil society actors at the local level across the OSCE area’. This is in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014), which stresses the need for preventing violent extremism and underscores the need for working in partnership with civil society and local communities in order to do so.
The first week-long module of the LIVE training course for youth leaders was piloted in Vienna between 27 February and 3 March 2017. HSC partnered with the OSCE’s Transnational Threats Department and others to deliver the training. LIVE is an innovative capacity-building initiative that seeks to activate civil society leadership to foster diverse local responses to Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism(VERLT), which will bolster resilience from the bottom up. A group of 15 youth from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo1 are taking part in the pilot LIVE training course for youth leaders. The first module allowed participants to identify an action idea that they feel would be relevant and realistic for them to undertake in their local community/among their peers. Upon their return, after a period of three months, they will be able to rely on advice from mentors and resource persons in their home countries to plan their action ideas. They will reconvene for the pilot of the second week-long module in May 2017.