Prevention of Violent Extremism


Various forms of extremism can be identified in Kosovo: religious extremism relating to both Islamic extremism and Orthodox extremism which occur in Albanian and Serbian majority communities respectively; and ethnonationalist and political extremism which are often based on narratives and unaddressed grievances from the Yugoslav wars that divided ethnic communities. ATRC and its partners work to mitigate some of the root causes and in particular aim to increase equal access to socio-economic opportunities, support sense of purpose amongst those most vulnerable to radicalization, and foster social cohesion between different communities. 


The Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC) and its partners Community Building Mitrovica (CBM), Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), and Rin’ON promote inter-ethnic and cultural social cohesion, build the capacity of state and non-state actors  in their role on prevention of violent extremism (PVE). This program is funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) and will be implemented by July 2026. It builds on two previous iterations of ‘Resilient Communities’ Programs funded by GCERF since 2017. 

Under this same project, the ATRC Consortium also provides direct assistance to returnees from conflict zones covering psycho-social, educational and livelihood support.

Read more about that in detail here.