Strategies Against Violent Extremism (SAVE)



Strategies against Violent Extremism (SAVE) is a program based on the 1st NAEF’s long-term preventing and countering violent extremism (PVE-CVE) programming, and our related advisory support work with both the UN and NATO.

SAVE is our advisory, research, and solutions initiative focused on PVE-CVE. It functions as a central coordination and thought leadership hub for developing high-impact PVE-CVE solutions with international bodies, governments, practitioners, and other stakeholders. We aim to coordinate the development of best-in-class PVE-CVE programs utilizing innovative solutions being deployed across the globe.


It is critical that global leaders of PVE-CVE inform successful strategies to reduce radicalization in domestic and migrant populations. The 1st NAEF, as global leaders, recognize that we need to take immediate action to address the increasing threat from violent extremists globally, by improving PVE-CVE programming. Domestic and transnational violent extremism is on the rise, with major incidents, recruitment and proliferation becoming more widespread and complex.

Despite some successes, global PVE-CVE initiatives still suffer from critical gaps and often lack coordination. We have identified a number of critical gaps regarding the efficacy and effectiveness of global preventative and counter violent extremism initiatives:


To provide thought leadership, and act as an incubator to help coordinate and improve PVE-CVE programming and strategies worldwide, in order to better address the increasing threat from violent extremists.


We are non-partisan and secular. We recognize that violent extremism is not limited to any one particular ideology, and that PVE-CVE programming needs to address any and all causes of violent extremism.


SAVE provides a coordinated, thought leadership, incubator approach for addressing gaps and overlaps in saturated, under-assessed, and/or disjointed PVE-CVE programs and strategies globally.

The program includes the following services:

  1. PVE-CVE Workshops and Courses – Educating, engaging, and incubating key PVE-CVE stakeholders across all levels. This includes two frameworks designed to build and harness in-country capacity to better engage, develop, and integrate common goal programs, projects, and partners for enhanced efficiency and impact:

  2. REDI (Regional Engagement, Development, and Integration) - Establishing a regional forum of PVE-CVE practitioners. Forming and deploying a Country Core Integration Team (CCIT) within a regional development country, to advance and foster greater collaboration between existing practitioners there.

  3. KAP (Kids Are Powerful) - Empowering at-risk youth away from violent extremism through a specially designed youth help and engagement tool.

  4. Dialogues’ Events – Bringing together leading minds to develop insights and viewpoints on PVE-CVE strategies

  5. Academic Research – Establishing facts and principles around radicalization and violent extremism.

  6. Speaker Engagements – Speaking at events and conferences to promote the need for coordinated, high-impact PVE-CVE strategies and solutions across the globe.

  7. Consulting and Advisory Services – Facilitating and accelerating PVE-CVE solutions development.


SAVE will help fortify initiatives, programs, and strategies aimed at preventing or countering violent extremism, through:

  • Thought leadership;

  • A coordinated, best-in-class approach;

  • Full spectrum analysis – comprehensive evaluation of radicalization and violent extremism, with particular attention to push-pull factors for intersecting groups;

  • Incubation and rapid solutions development;

  • Stronger and relevant research and insights.