Two new staff join the Strong Cities team

We are delighted to welcome two new managers to the Strong Cities Network team. Patricia Crosby and Simeon Dukic joined last month and will be leading the SCN’s work in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and the Western Balkans and Central Asia, respectively.  Together they bring a tremendous amount of regional expertise and insight that…
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Article: Prevention of violent extremism – a Lebanese model

Authors: Rubina Abu Zeinab, National Coordinator for Preventing Violent Extremism; Merete Juhl, H.E. Ambassador of Denmark to Lebanon; Khadije Nasser, Senior Regional Manager, SCN. Last week Lebanon conducted its third iteration of the national consultative workshop on Preventing Violent Extremism with special focus on urban/rural development and engaging local communities. Representatives of governmental entities, municipalities,…
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Beirut Mayoral Assembly, March 2019

Lebanon has the led the way in the MENA region, having been one of the first countries to establish a national PVE unit, which developed a national strategy aimed at the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) across the country. The strategy’s nine pillars include crucial strategic topics such as good governance, dialogue and economic development….
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Launch of South Asia Regional Hub Page

Our new South Asia Regional Hub Page has just launched, which highlights the SCN’s work in the South Asia region. This includes the Regional Practitioner’s Workshop in Kolkata, India, as well as our city consultations in Pakistan and Bangladesh, city exchanges and Local Innovation Grants. If you are interested in our work in other regions, we have…
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SCN presents at MERIT / SHIFT Practitioner Training Workshop in Ottawa, Canada

As part of the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence’s two weeks of activities, the Ottawa MERIT Program and British Columbia’s Shift programme brought together similar programmes from across Canada for a discussion on approaches to vulnerability and protective factors, participant criteria and risk assessment. The SCN facilitated two sessions on best…
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Launch of Theological Workbook in Lebanon

Under the patronage of HE Mufti Salim Sussan of Saida, the municipal-led Local Prevention Network (LPN) of Saida, Lebanon, launched its theological workbook, in the presence of local partners, religious leaders, state officials and community members. The workbook is a corpus of suggested religious texts to be used by imams and school teachers in religious…
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New Publication: Building Digital Citizenship in France

ISD recently published a new impact report following the Sens Critique pilot project. The pilot, which took place earlier last year, brought together organisations with expertise in media, education, disinformation and counter extremism to educate a group of 22 secondary school students (aged 13 to 15) from Paris to the dangers of ‘fake news’. It…
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SCN attends OSCE Counter-Terrorism Conference 2019

To lay the groundwork for its programmatic expansion into Central Asia, the SCN attended the 2019 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference hosted by Slovakia in Bratislava, held on 25-26 March. Focusing on region-wide efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism (P/CVE) and radicalisation, the high-level conference gathered state representatives from OSCE member and partner states. Also in…
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Strong Cities Network delegation at the Nordic Safe Cities Camp

Team members from ISD’s Strong Cities Network (SCN) and Research teams travelled to Oslo last week to attend a working event organised by Nordic Safe Cities, a network of Scandinavian cities working to ensure safe, trustful, tolerant and resilient cities for all, while actively preventing radicalisation and violent extremism. Participants, ranging from countering violent extremism…
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