The global threat of violent extremism has inspired both the government and civil society—to start initiatives that overcome the threat, including in Indonesia. PVE initiatives cover a broader spectrum, from a prevention effort that strengthens community resilience to attempts to convince individuals to leave violent extremist groups (disengagement), up to make some efforts to change extremist beliefs (de-radicalization).
With the support of the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice (AIPJ2), PeaceGeneration along with Institut Mosintuwu and Komunitas Tanoker have been customizing and refining community-based approaches to promote social cohesion in preventing violent extremism since 2018 under the RUMAH KITA Project.
Through this project, PeaceGeneration has discovered different community interventions that are relatively successful in the field and drawn significant lessons from crucial leaders as well as beneficiaries during the implementation process.
Some of the learnings, such as interactive modules, whole-community approach, collaborative campaigns, and creative learning media, are worth sharing. However, there has not been until now a platform that can facilitate learning exchanges among stakeholders.
At the national level, there is still no comprehensive mapping effort to identify and co-ordinate PVE initiatives in certain areas. Besides communication problems between stakeholders, data limits, and a lack of appropriate IT applications have prevented digital exchange. This is ironic, considering extremists are sophisticated in using technology to mobilize and organize their information and tactics. PVE efforts should be working together, not only harder but smarter.
Among partners implementing PVE initiatives, there should be one party that can focus on multiplying the impact by connecting PVE initiatives—not only produce the projects and programs—but also create a platform that connects, consolidates and co-ordinates PVE work and knowledge. With that context, the K-HUB idea was born.
In mid-2019, AIPJ2 informed PVE partners that the existing K-HUB platform developed by AIPJ2 with partners could be further maximized beyond information storage and sharing. PeaceGen found that this opportunity matched with its vision. Other PVE partners unanimously acknowledged PeaceGeneration as the ideal partner to play this role.
Considering these matters, PeaceGen, along with the technology team, will activate the existing platform while adapting the K-HUB platform to the next generation, specific to PVE knowledge sharing and online collaboration, in line with their ambitions.
The PVE Knowledge Hub becomes a platform for stakeholders (NGOs/CSOs and GoI to share their best practices, learning, and experiences in the form of modules, infographics, books, videos, reports, research in order to strengthen better understanding, inform to policymakers and collaboration in preventing violent extremism (PVE) efforts.
There are two categories of target groups:
First, the direct beneficiaries refer to entities that are working in the promotion of peace, prevention or countering violent extremism, such as central or regional governments, CSOs/NGOs, educational institutions, research institutions, or donor agencies. These entities include official partners of AIPJ2; Government of Indonesia includes BNPT, Kemenag, Kemendikbud, Kominfo, BPIP; reputable CSOs/ NGOs and research center include CSAVE, The Habibie Center, Fahmina Institute, Jaringan Gusdurian, MAARIF Institute, Lingkar Perdamaian, PPIM, CSRC, CRCS, IPAC, PSBPS; and any other KHUB-verified members.
Second, the indirect beneficiaries refer to individuals or organizations that can be using products or activities on this platform. The groups in this category are teachers, students, communities, researchers, or individuals who are interested in using products for individual or family needs. These beneficiaries will not be able to access the restricted content of KHUB.