Second Regional Training Workshop – SCN in Lebanon and Jordan

The Strong Cities Network (SCN) regional municipality capacity building project, supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), held its second regional training workshop in Jordan on the role of mentorship in preventing violent extremism on 25-28 October 2017. The workshop was attended by approximately 100 members of the six local Lebanese and Jordanian municipality-led…
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SCN in Jordan: Workshop brings together municipal practitioners and youth

The day kicked off with training sessions on best practice examples and principles on how to positively involve and engage young people in prevention, promoting peace and challenging division. Building on the previous two-day youth Innovation Lab (25th-26th of November), the sessions included a particular focus on the role of digital content and social media…
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SCN Lebanon & Jordan: Official Launch of Four Local Prevention Networks

Four SCN member municipalities have officially launched local Prevention Networks in Lebanon and Jordan, with support from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the regional Strong Cities capacity-building programme. Building on two years of engagement and partnership between local leaders and community members to establish effective prevention and resilience units at the city level,…
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Building Effective Local Systems for Prevention in Pakistan

On 1-4 November 2017, Pakistan-based NGO and SCN partner Individualland (IL) convened a capacity-building workshop for mayors and district officials from the cities of Peshawar, Nowshera and Quetta. Supported by US Embassy Islamabad’s Community Engagement Office, the workshop was well attended and included high-level representation from federal ministers, mayors and the Strong Cities Network. It…
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SCN Local Innovation Grants – Call for Proposals for the Western Balkans

The Strong Cities Network (SCN) is pleased to announce an opportunity for the award of a Local Innovation Grant for a community-based organisation to implement new projects and activities aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) at the local level across the Western Balkans. SCN Local Innovation Grants are aimed at providing support to…
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Strong Cities Network at UNGA17

UNGA

As the SCN celebrated its two-year anniversary on the 29 September 2017, it was fitting to return to New York for the 72nd United National General Assembly to showcase achievements to date and continue to amplify the innate value of cities in the prevention of polarisation, hate, extremism and terrorism in all its forms to…
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Discussing social cohesion at International Dresden Dialogue

International Dresden Dialogue

On 2-3 October 2017, the International Dresden Dialogue conference brought together mayors, international organisations and NGOs, academics and media figures from across Europe to discuss today’s key urban challenges, spanning social and economic inequality, community polarisation, and preventing and countering violent extremism.   Hosted by Mayor Dirk Hilbert, and drawing contributions from several cities including…
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Top Dakar officials travel to Montreal for first Strong Cities Network Exchange

This week ISD held the first Strong Cities Network bilateral exchange, building cooperation and shared learning learning to counter violent extremism in the cities of Dakar, Senegal and Montréal, Canada. Hosted in Montréal by the city’s International Relations unit, this exchange is the first of its kind and aims to promote and share on a…
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UNGA 2017: GSX event on Preventing Violent Extremism through Civil Society Innovation

On the margins of the 72nd UN General Assembly, the Global Solutions Exchange (GSX) hosted #GSX2017 – Innovations in Civil Society and Other Locally-Led Efforts to Prevent Violent Extremism, marking GSX’s first year of activity. The all-day event brought civil society practitioners from around the globe together with representatives from national and local authorities and…
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Regional Practitioners’ Workshop in Durrës, Albania – SCN in the Western Balkans

Last week, member cities from across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia were joined by partner organisations, experts and multilaterals for the SCN Western Balkans Regional Practitioners’ Workshop in Durrës, Albania. Hosted by SCN partners, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the workshop built on in-country training sessions in Kosovo, Albania and…
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