For local organizations planning a P/CVE project, support and involvement from key local stakeholders (including community members and leaders) are essential. In addition, local organizations can further their P/CVE goals by building the capacity and commitment of local actors and governments to counter violent extremism and by holding governments accountable. Your project can engage local actors by “co-creating” project activities, conducting feedback and learning forums, and encouraging investment (material or in-kind) of local actors in project activities.
As you engage stakeholders during the implementation phase of your project, refer to the Cross-Cutting Section on Stakeholder Engagement.
Stakeholder engagement plans must be tailored for each project. For P/CVE projects, local dynamics and context play a critical role in shaping the project design, and therefore the local system actors who should be engaged. The following guiding questions and sample outlines will help you develop an effective stakeholder engagement plan.
|Who?||Which stakeholders should be prioritized and engaged based on the initial stakeholder mapping and assessments? Have any marginalized groups been identified among these stakeholders?|
|Why?||What are each stakeholder’s interests and objectives? Why are stakeholders motivated to work with you? Why are stakeholders being engaged?|
|What?||What is the breadth and depth of each stakeholder engagement at every stage of the project cycle? What are the strategic decisions that need to be made collectively?|
|How?||What are the methods for engaging each stakeholder? What is the strategy to ensure marginalized groups are engaged?|
|When?||What is the timeline and the frequency of engaging with stakeholders?|
|Responsibilities?||What role will stakeholder representatives play? Who will facilitate stakeholder engagement?|
|Resources?||What will the stakeholder engagement plan cost and according to what budget?|
Sample Outline of a Simplified Stakeholder Engagement Plan
Using this outline, you can list potential stakeholders, identify why they are interested in collaborating, how engagement will proceed, who will do it, when, and how it will be financed/supported.
|Stakeholder (individual or group)||Stakeholder Interests/Objectives||Participation Methods||Participation Responsibility||Timeline||Cost Estimate (include resources)|
Sample Outline of a Detailed Stakeholder Engagement Plan
If you have additional time, consider developing a more detailed engagement plan, as described below:
This section should briefly provide an overview of the project (objectives, geographic scope, Theory of Change, etc.) including potential contextual challenges.
Based on stakeholder analysis/mapping, identify key stakeholder groups who will be engaged during the project. Include persons or groups who:
Explain why you have chosen to work with these stakeholders. What is the purpose of working with each individual or group?
Stakeholder Engagement Plan
Resources and Responsibilities
Monitoring and Reporting