IAHV addresses gaps in both the analysis and practice of countering violent extremism, broadening a focus on prevention and interdiction to include effective transformation of individuals, groups and wider conflict dynamics involved in or affected by radicalization.
Our programs transform attitudes, mindsets, well-being and behaviour, inspire and train participants to use nonviolent means to achieve legitimate needs, and mobilise them to become effective peacebuilders in their own communities.
Recognising that both external environmental and internal psychological factors are crucial in the prevention and transformation of violence and extremism, IAHV Peacebuilding programs focus, in particular, on personal and interpersonal aspects.
The challenge to prevent and counter violent extremism and reintegrate ex-combatants in society is enhanced by the fact that the individuals involved exhibit a diversity of social backgrounds, undergo different processes of radicalization and are influenced by various combinations of motivations. Our approach, based on universal values, and practical, nonreligious techniques and processes, provides flexible programming that applies across personality types, ideologies and contexts.
In many cases of war, violence and conflict, psycho-social factors—including anger, frustration, depression, pain, greed and intolerance—are either internalized, leading to addictions, depression and suicidal tendencies, or externalized, leading to aggression, violence and wars. Failure to address these powerful driving forces erodes the effectiveness of the massive efforts
of mainstream peacebuilding. IAHV’s trainings are especially geared to allow deep inner negative emotions to be released through special breathing techniques.