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Eligibility & Benefits

Membership is open to all cities: a term we use to refer to and encompass any sub-regional authorities, including inter alia megacities, cities, states, provinces, counties, districts, boroughs, towns, villages and municipalities.

Inclusivity and diversity are major strengths of the Strong Cities Network

Wherever a city is located, there will be other cities that have similar interests, capacities and needs, and opportunities to learn. Membership is also free of charge.

In addition to working with member cities, Strong Cities also engages non-members to ensure that wider local challenges, experiences and approaches are shared across our membership, and to introduce non-members to the Strong Cities Guiding Principles and mission.


Hear from Cities

Our project, supported by Strong Cities, has brought together more than 200 women from different counties who are now peace ambassadors. We have also trained them to be community counsellors.

Salma Ebrahimi—Mombasa, Kenya

Conferences and meetings organised by Strong Cities really prepared us in a way that we now really have prevention in mind. Upon our return from the different conferences, we organised our people more than in the past and increased awareness-raising activities.

Mayors of Kolofata, Kousseri, Méri & Mokolo—Cameroon

Saida went through some challenges that pushed us towards a preventative approach. As a result, the mayor considered the Local Prevention Networks to be a priority for youth and for schools especially. Engagement with Strong Cities has had a very positive impact on the city’s practitioners and municipal officials. To be honest, we didn’t expect this result. It has exceeded our expectations.

Focal Point—Saida Municipality, Lebanon

Cities are often on the margins of discussions about security or prevention, but first on the line of response when threats are realised. In 2015, our municipality was the target of groups intent to undermine the coexistence and stability of our municipality and country as a whole. With Strong Cities, we managed to bridge the gap between capacities and needs on the ground, and to engage more actively in preventing violent extremism, hatred and polarisation in our community.

Maksim Dimitrievski—Mayor of Kumanovo, North Macedonia

In 2022, I attended a Strong Cities conference in Nairobi. An extremely informative experience. There is much more South African municipalities can do. Following the event, I wrote to the Head of Disaster and Risk Management … to create an intervention response focused on countering extremism. I realised we needed to step up and do more and anticipate a larger role for local governments in this space.

JP Smith, Alderman, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety & Security, Cape Town—South Africa

The South Asia Regional Hub Inaugural Event was wonderful! Being part of this workshop was a memorable experience and shared a lot of knowledge.

Khajja Ibrahim—Women’s Development Committee, Addu City, Maldives

We are appreciative of Strong Cities convening representatives of national and local authorities from Uganda to discuss these important issues. This is the first time we have been in the same room with representatives of national government ministries to exchange views on preventing extremist violence in our country.

Senior Local Government Representative—Uganda

We are at a pivotal point. Mayors and cities – large and small – must prioritize prevention and be prepared to respond to the types of attack we experienced here in Highland Park just last year. Cities can play key roles in stemming the tide of rising hate and violence, but support is needed. Strong Cities offers that support. 

Nancy Rotering—Mayor of Highland Park, Illinois, USA

Strong Cities Network

Membership Benefits

Strong Cities Network members are united by a desire to address more effectively the shared challenges of extremism, hate and polarisation. Membership is designed to support cities in those efforts.

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