The implementation of the National Action Plan and the institutionalization of PVE in Lebanon shall be supported by systems to be installed within the functions of the PVE National Unit. Those systems are particularly tackled through the scope, actions, and sections of the PVE National Action Plan.
i. Monitoring & Evaluation
At the core of the actions implementation is a Monitoring and Evaluation system, fully structured within the PVE Unit’s new structure upon NAP delivery. This includes the development of a dashboard of indicators for the implementation of each action of the NAP, within its allocated timeframe.
The PVE National Unit shall provide assistance to the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. The development of the framework will be accompanied with the support to ministries on the use of the framework through trainings as well as review and alignment of existing national systems. In parallel, a national dashboard system shall be developed to support the M&E Framework. The dashboard will be used for reporting on the status of implementation of the strategy and action plan and will be accessible to the wider public.
ii. Social Mechanism – Early Warning System
The NAP includes early warning instruments that help the government and the different stakeholders be informed about emerging factors and events which could potentially stimulate or otherwise precipitate violent extremism. The NAP also includes capacity building opportunities for governmental, non-governmental and international actors on the necessary tools and concepts of PVE in the Lebanese context.
Social Mechanism takes into account local specificities. In this unique context, it shall help setting up a coherent system that takes into account diversity while being perfectly coordinated. The overall objective of the social mechanism approach is monitoring social transformations. And as a result of the complex and cross-cutting nature of the challenge of violent extremism, a preventive and proactive response requires that its signals be monitored and considered within the context of social transformations occurring at national and local levels, by focusing on the interactions among the components of society and understanding their determinants, causes and effects. This should be done over an extended period of time, since such interactions occur in a cumulative way over time.
iii. Internet Referral System
Internet Referral System focuses on many aspects related to social media, detecting and investigating malicious content on the internet and social media. The Internet Referral System, enlisted in the NAP, focuses on many aspects related to social media. The NAP includes monitoring Social Media dynamics, messages, interactions with events, and sentiments, developing alternative narratives online and offline media campaigns with widespread geographical reach, coordinating the efforts between content creators, social media companies by creating the National Internet Forum to Prevent Hate Speech and Violent Extremism and working collaboratively with the private sector and search bodies to formulate a standardized strategic communication framework. In parallel, the NAP includes releasing of a new law to prohibit hate speech, misinformation, disinformation, mal-information, violent extremist, and violation of human rights propaganda online, engaging with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) and its research bodies like the Tech Against Extremism Research Network as well as engaging the influencers and celebrities in spreading messages and narratives against extremist narrative.
iv. Public Transparency Tools
The PVE National Unit supports the NAP with a strategic communications plan, aimed at establishing a continuous national dialogue and at countering the narratives spread by VE groups and introducing alternative ones through social values and norms that support social cohesion and citizenship. The plan comes with a new and innovative communications platform, the National Exchange Platform, a virtual place where all Network members will come to share, inform, learn and converse about the NAP and PVE activity in Lebanon. The national network will be equipped with this interactive platform through which partners can engage with one another and communicate their PVE activities with the public. The platform will be accessible to all-of-society, as every citizen will have access to online resources and a live dashboard tracking the progress of the implementation of each action under the NAP. It will be a space for national dialogue and will provide for better inter-communication among national and international actors in the Lebanese PVE arena.