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Pilot projects on prevention of radicalisation

Pilot projects develop and field-test innovative approaches towards promoting democracy and prevention work. They tackle urgent questions and problems, are planned and implemented with the focus on their effect and are participatively based. If the methods and approaches tested in the pilot projects prove successful, the experienced gained in the project work will be transferred to the work of other organisations or support areas, especially in work with children and adolescents. The prime aim is to advance teaching practice, taking into account specific local structures and to transfer this into regulatory structures.

A series of pilot projects supported within the federal programme "Live Democracy!" is looking at ways to prevent radicalisation processes in the areas of right-wing extremism, ultranationalism, latently violent Islamism, salafist phenomena and instrumentalisations of Islam, and violently based, anti-democratic forms of left-wing militancy.

The projects are based in social settings that are conflict hotspots and develop conflict management strategies with the aim of identifying constructive, democratic ways of addressing problems and conflicts. In line with social prevalence patterns, the pilot projects seek to trial heterogeneous accesses, different social settings-based approaches as well as a variety of de-escalation and distancing strategies in respect of the above phenomena and the various manifestations, interactions and root causes of radicalisation processes in young people.

The projects include, for instance, the testing of measures to prevent radicalisation online and through social media and the discussion of online services with radical political contents, the piloting of peer-based distancing strategies, the further development of programmes for working with the parents of vulnerable young people or coaching politically or religiously motivated violent juvenile offenders.