ISD is the world’s leading convener and mobiliser of grassroots networks committed to tackling violent extremism, working with ‘formers and survivors’, women and young people. Current projects include:

Against Violent Extremism

Against Violent Extremism (AVE) is the largest network of former extremists and survivors of extremism, empowering 1,800 members to work together to push back against extremist narratives and prevent the recruitment of ‘at risk’ youth.

Youth Civil Activism Network

The Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) is the leading global youth network of counter-extremism activists, YouthCAN unites over 1,000 young people, creatives and tech entrepreneurs to amplify efforts to counter violent extremism in over 110 countries worldwide.

Women and Extremism

The Women and Extremism (WaE) network brings together women from around the world – policy-makers, CVE practitioners, academics and activists – to evolve this much needed research agenda, increase female-led counter-narrative work, and seed grassroots counter-extremism networks.