When it Comes to Social Reform in Lebanon, Youth are Leading the Way

Above: youth from Saida, Lebanon, attend a dialogue session to discuss discuss the recent events that have shaken Lebanon.  In line with its efforts to respond to the needs of society and youth in particular, the Saida Prevention Network, in partnership with the Strong Cities Network, is organising a series of dialogue sessions and surveys…
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Delegates from Kenya and The Philippines Meet U.S. Counterparts to Build Relations and Share Knowledge

Above: Delegates from Kenya visited key U.S. cities as part of an IVLP exchange in November/December 2019. For the last 80 years, the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) has brought thousands of professionals to the United States to cultivate relationships with their American counterparts and address a wide variety of foreign…
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Breaking the Stigma of Conviction: Ex-convicts Lead New Documentary in Senegal

Above: Youth from Dakar, Senegal, have created their first documentary, ‘Weesu Ne’, about the struggles and stigma ex-convicts face after release.  Jasmeet Sahotay, Coordinator, Young Cities A new documentary to raise awareness about the stigmatisation of conviction in Senegal – produced by and starring ex-convicts – is about to be released with the support of…
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Amoral Communities: How Ethnic Identity Prevailed in Croatia’s War

Above: A Yugoslav army convoy moves along a road decorated with the Croatian flag some 25 kilometres from Zagreb in 1991. Photo: EPA/ROBERT RAJTIC. This interview was originally published on The Balkans Insight by Sven Milekic, where it is also available in Shqip, Macedonian and Bos/Hrv/Srp. A newly-published book by Croatian-born Mila Dragojevic, an associate professor…
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Reducing Violence is Not Impossible, and Cities Are Proving This

Today, 83% of deadly violence occurs outside of conflict zones, with the majority of this violence concentrated in cities. Nation states have dominated the global political arena for centuries, but with more than half of the world’s population today residing in cities, it may be time to rethink who should be at the table when it comes to decisions on how we can reduce violence.

How Cities Can Take the Leap from Policy to Action

Polarisation and extremism have historically been critical security threats to communities in the Balkans. North Macedonia is no exception. SCN Manager Simeon Dukic describes how one city has implemented its new Local Action Plan to help address these threats and outlines how other cities can take a similar leap.

Look to cities, not nation-states, to solve our biggest challenges

Robert Muggah is a specialist in cities, security, migration and new technologies. In this article, originally published on the World Economic Forum website, he argues that cities are taking an increasingly vocal and visible role in stepping up to some of the biggest challenges our world faces today where nation states are floundering.

The Mayor of London, the Strong Cities Network and Google.org Launch New Fund to Counter Hate in London

With £400,000 from City Hall generously match-funded by Google.org, the new fund is part of Mayor Khan’s £1 million investment to support London’s first ever Countering Violent Extremism programme, which launched in December 2017. Grassroots organisations from across London will have the opportunity to bid for grants up to £50,000, providing them with the vital…
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