Mombasa holds Annual CVE Convention

Last week, Mombasa held its Annual CVE Convention, which focused on the implementation of the county’s CVE Action Plan for 2019 and prominently featured the Strong Cities Network. Present at the event were more than 200 Mombasa CVE stakeholders across a wide spectrum of government, civil society and private sector, all invested in various pillars…
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SCN presents at EU Cities Against Radicalisation Event

On 26 February the Strong Cities Network (SCN) took part in the European Union (EU) Cities Against Radicalisation conference organised jointly by the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels. The conference gathered representatives from EU cities, EU national governments, EU bodies as well as organisations and initiatives addressing the challenge…
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SCN City Consultations: Bangladesh

This month, the SCN team were in Dhaka, Bangladesh to conduct in-depth interviews and consultations with city mayors, local officials and partner organisations. The consultations included meetings with Mayor Khokon of Dhaka South and Mayor Ivy of Narayanganj City Corporation, as well as relevant city officials responsible for social welfare, planning and peacebuilding. Discussions centred…
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Launch of first Youth Office in Tripoli Municipality, Lebanon

The municipality of Tripoli has been part of the Strong Cities Network for over two years and in that time has become one of our most active cities. Working closely with the Strong Cities regional team, the municipality of Tripoli has worked to establish a Local Prevention Network (LPN), deliver PVE activities to youth, coordinate…
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Practice Spotlight: Interview with Communities Inc.

13 March is National Bystander Awareness Day. To mark the occasion, the Strong Cities Network’s has profiled the “Stand by Me”, a project established to tackle hate crime in response to increasing community polarisation following the EU Referendum. Established in 2011 in Nottingham, UK, by Shamsher Chohan and Michael Henry, Communities Inc. was initially set…
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Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for improved efforts to tackle violent extremism

As part of continued efforts to improve London’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programme, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has appointed six specialist advisers to provide independent expertise and feedback. Among these is the Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s own CEO Sasha Havlicek. One of the founding members of the Strong Cities Network  since its launch…
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Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on the SCN and new Council against Extremism and Hate

Steering Committee Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, TN, gave his resounding support for the Strong Cities Network at the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors last month. In a session devoted to the discussion of gun violence and hate crimes, mayors from Annapolis, Maryland, Parkland, Florida, Charleston, South Carolina, Pittsburgh and Chattanooga shared…
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Prevention Networks in Lebanon spearhead a theological approach to bolster local PVE efforts

The SCN’s work in three cities in Lebanon has focused on several issues aimed at preventing violent extremism by consolidating social cohesion and raising awareness of the dangers of violent extremism at the local level. Three grassroots-owned municipal Prevention Networks (PNs) were established to coordinate local PVE efforts between the mayor and the local communities.[1]…
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Interview with Dave Fortier of One World Strong Foundation

Founded by survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, One World Strong is an international network of survivors of violent extremism who have experienced and overcome significant injuries and trauma, often with life-changing consequences, and offer support to other survivors. This April the inaugural One World Marathon aims to bring people from around the world…
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Tripoli Express: Art and Theatre against Hate

Combining art and personal experience, the Tripoli Express Project brings together youth to discuss and work through their struggles via creative mediums. As part of the Prevention Network of Tripoli’s plan for 2018, the activity aims to build the capacity of underprivileged youths previously exposed to conflict through a multi-session theatre training exploring questions of…
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