Our Impact in 2016
21 Dec 2016
The mission of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation is to provide practical support to counter religious conflict and extremism. This Impact Report sets out our contribution in 2016.
2016 has been a tumultuous year on a number of fronts. But one trend that has regrettably not defied expectations is the continued threat that religious extremism poses to us all.
The Foundation has continued to provide practical support to combat it, and believes that the only hope to defeat this extremism is to properly define the challenge, grasp its global scale and then develop programmes that work on the ground.
The threat of extremism lies not only in the tragic consequences of the human cost, but in the underlying ideology. Security measures are only half the answer. After all, you cannot arrest an idea.
Tackling religious extremism relies on a proper understanding of the problem and taking action on the ground. Teachers, policymakers and religious leaders all have a role to play. The Foundation's work in 2016 helped these ideologies be better understood, and we believe our work on the ground has helped to foster more open-minded and resilient societies, particularly those vulnerable to radicalisation.
Through our work – whether giving students and teachers from Pakistan to Palestine the skills to navigate complex ideas and diversity in a peaceful way, giving religious leaders skills to tackle extremism in northern Nigeria, or informing international policymakers on how to practically counter the religious dimensions of conflict – we believe we have helped build global capacity to defy destructive ideologies effectively.
There is still much work to be done to change minds and challenge the ideas that lead to religious extremist violence. This report sets out what we have contributed and learnt this year.