Location: Virginia, US
PIF is an organisation which is composed of a network of highly experienced individuals, who specialise in areas such as international affairs, military operations, technology development, social science, test and measurement, software design, and program evaluation.
They use this experience and knowledge to help solve global problems through working with communities – identifying and eliminating root causes of these issues.
One of PIF’s major focus efforts is currently the Global Campaign against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) (www.campaignagainstieds.org). A campaign that aims to stop IED violence and to aid victims.
The campaign encompasses both military and non-military approaches to countering IEDs. The non-military approach takes many forms as part of their Capital Analysis and Performance Strategy (CAPS).
The CAPS approach means that the problems are analysed and solutions produced using multiple lenses that correspond to seven capital forms (Political, Natural, Economic, Infrastructure, Cultural, Social, and Human). Through these lenses the socio-economic, cultural, and other root causes that enable the use of IEDs – aspects that are considered all too often ignored – are also taken into consideration.
PIF’s objectives are:
- Reduce IED use and the adverse effects on civil society across the capital forms;
- Neutralize existing IED networks and prevent new ones from forming;
- Mobilize the global community against IEDs and those who use them through social media that capitalizes on the wisdom of the crowd; and
- Strengthen international rule of law framing IEDs in neutral, non-political terms.
This is part of a three-pronged framework encompassing:
- Neutralising IED networks
- A fact-based information campaign
- Applying the rule of law
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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