Working Across Boundaries to Prevent Violent Extremism

Preventing violent extremism calls for communities, organisations, and practitioners to work across their boundaries in a joint endeavour. But this can be far from easy.

In this guest contribution, William Stephens, a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, asks what does it take for collaboration to be more than warm words?

How to Make Our Cities More Liveable

According to The Global Liveability Index 2019, Karachi is among the ten least liveable cities in the world and ranks at an overall 136th position on the list. The index takes into account factors such as living standards, crime, transport, access to education and health.

Gulmina Bilal, Director of Individualland, a prominent CSO in Pakistan, asks whether is it possible to improve Karachi’s ranking in the global indices? And more importantly, how can we make the city safer for its residents?

Living Together: How Can Cities Navigate Inclusion and Resilience in a Globalised World?

Deputy Head of Strong Cities Network, Daniel Hooton (centre), speaking at the second global summit of the International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together. Credit: Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf/Marc-André Hergenröder  ‘Inclusion’ and ‘resilience’ occupy an uneasy position in the rhetoric of today’s mayors and city leaders. There is a tacit consensus that both are integral principles for…
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Building Bridges: Why Young Activists are Vital to the Future of Cities

Above: youth from Dakar, Senegal, participate in an Innovation Lab as part of Young Cities’ programme of work ‘Young people are the future’. While this is a truism, the reality of a growing youth population for cities makes the prospect a daunting one. In some cases,  youth population growth is outstripping the country’s ability to…
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Practice Spotlight: How to stop the threat of Tripoli’s Stray Bullets

Above: the media campaign ‘Stray Bullets’ designed by Tripoli youth through SCN’s Young Cities programme is discussed on Lebanese national television Around the world, celebratory gunfire is a serious threat to life, with some bullets potentially reaching terminal velocity of 300 feet (91m) per second as they fall. Efforts by law enforcement to ban gunfire…
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ISD Launches Campaign Toolkit – a Free Resource for Building Social Cohesion

Many of our members have felt in the last couple of years a growth in community division and polarisation.  Communication campaigns are a great tool to promote social cohesion in a cost-effective and wide reaching manner. Such campaigns can be led by city hall together with civil society groups to foster a sense of place…
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County Actions Plans in Kenya – Progress and Next Steps

In part as a response to major terrorist attacks, including at the Westgate Mall and Garissa University, Kenya has committed considerable resources to P/CVE. In the 2016 National Strategy to Combat Violent Extremism, the Kenyan Government mandated counties to develop County Action Plans (CAPs) to support national CVE efforts at the local level. From 26…
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What we learnt: ‘New Risks, Old Threat’: Right-Wing Extremism Conference

Right-wing extremist groups and ideologies are rising across the global north. Climbing hate crime statistics highlight the increased violence and harassment which minority communities are under, whilst recent terror attacks in New Zealand, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom throw this threat into the fore. However, the question remains, how should local authorities…
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SCN launches new project to design effective post-incident response mechanisms for members

SCN Coordinator Marta Lopes speaking at the PRoTECT Seminar in Brasov, Romania Author: Marta Lopes Coordinator, SCN The SCN has launched a new project to develop a “Post-Incident Response Toolkit” which will provide key guidance and insight to both city leaders and practitioners on best practice responses following a terrorist attack or suspected terrorist attack….
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