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As observed in Search for Common Ground's "Transforming Violent Extremism: A Peacebuilder's Guide," by drawing from the last 20 years of experience in peace building, countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism, different actors have a clearer knowledge today of the importance of understanding the dynamics that foment violent extremism and the approaches that prevent those dynamics from giving rise to violent extremism.The discussion will focus on the importance of public-private partnerships in countering violent extremist narratives.Counternarratives are reactions to a violent extremist claim, and can also cover promoting positive and alternative narratives that reinforce values contrary to extremism – such as peace, tolerance and conciliation.Good governance is among the best tools for true counter- and alternative narratives.Recent research has shown that good governance is the best narrative and antidote to radicalization, especially in conflict and fragile contexts. In three intersecting sectors – development, countering violent extremism and preventing violent extremism – scholars, researchers and practitioners have shifted focus in addressing violent extremism from an approach entirely assuming that economic factors drive extremism, to strengthening effective governance that tackles grievances.
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