What we do

The icommit project supports the set-up and implementation of effective collaborative (case) work in countering violent extremism by

  • bringing together relevant stakeholders from diverse professional backgrounds on a city level.
  • enabling local actors to develop a coordinated plan for interventions.
  • providing team trainings for collaborative and trust-based partnerships.

We seek to strengthen practitioners’ preparedness in the prevention and countering of (violent) extremism by professionalising case analysis for social workers, case workers and NGO practitioners by

  • developing a comprehensive toolkit for non-security stakeholders, such as social workers, and civil society actors.
  • strengthening approaches that are based on relevant factors for deradicalisation, distancing and reintegration.
  • integrating gender perspectives into case analysis tools.

Joint assessment and mutual decision making among different actors is a key element when it comes to improving multi-stakeholder collaboration to prevent and address violent extremism. icommit develops a social diagnostics toolkit to support first-line practitioners to plan, implement and evaluate casework in disengagement, deradicalisation and rehabilitation processes.

What is the DesistKit?

The DesistKit aims to guide and support non-security actors working closely together with individuals holding extremists´ views in

  • assessing and analysing the persons situation while taking its complexity into account.
  • using adequate interventions based on the previous analysis and assessment.
  • monitoring and evaluating the progress of their work and the development of the individual.
  • clearly demonstrating the approach, process and findings of their work in front of security focused actors.

Why is the DesistKit important?

The variety of risk-assessment-tools on the market focusing on the threat the affected person poses to the society and neglect their needs. In contrast to that the DesistKit is based on a social work perspective focusing on resources, personality development and improving the living conditions of the affected person. It aims to empower the person and enhance their agency, which can be seen as a novelty in countering (violent) extremism. The DesistKit is gender sensitive and based on a holistic approach looking at the complexity of disengagement rather than radicalisation processes. One main objective is to enhance the participation of the individual in societal life. This can happen through (re)integration and (re)habilitation, which is seen as a mutual responsibility of the person holding extremist views and the society.