SCN Local Innovation Grants – Call for Proposals for the Western Balkans

The Strong Cities Network (SCN) is pleased to announce an opportunity for the award of a Local Innovation Grant for a community-based organisation to implement new projects and activities aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) at the local level across the Western Balkans. SCN Local Innovation Grants are aimed at providing support to…
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Strong Cities Network at UNGA17


As the SCN celebrated its two-year anniversary on the 29 September 2017, it was fitting to return to New York for the 72nd United National General Assembly to showcase achievements to date and continue to amplify the innate value of cities in the prevention of polarisation, hate, extremism and terrorism in all its forms to…
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Discussing social cohesion at International Dresden Dialogue

International Dresden Dialogue

On 2-3 October 2017, the International Dresden Dialogue conference brought together mayors, international organisations and NGOs, academics and media figures from across Europe to discuss today’s key urban challenges, spanning social and economic inequality, community polarisation, and preventing and countering violent extremism.   Hosted by Mayor Dirk Hilbert, and drawing contributions from several cities including…
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Top Dakar officials travel to Montreal for first Strong Cities Network Exchange

This week ISD held the first Strong Cities Network bilateral exchange, building cooperation and shared learning learning to counter violent extremism in the cities of Dakar, Senegal and Montréal, Canada. Hosted in Montréal by the city’s International Relations unit, this exchange is the first of its kind and aims to promote and share on a…
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UNGA 2017: GSX event on Preventing Violent Extremism through Civil Society Innovation

On the margins of the 72nd UN General Assembly, the Global Solutions Exchange (GSX) hosted #GSX2017 – Innovations in Civil Society and Other Locally-Led Efforts to Prevent Violent Extremism, marking GSX’s first year of activity. The all-day event brought civil society practitioners from around the globe together with representatives from national and local authorities and…
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Regional Practitioners’ Workshop in Durrës, Albania – SCN in the Western Balkans

Last week, member cities from across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia were joined by partner organisations, experts and multilaterals for the SCN Western Balkans Regional Practitioners’ Workshop in Durrës, Albania. Hosted by SCN partners, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the workshop built on in-country training sessions in Kosovo, Albania and…
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Danish SSP Consultant from Viborg visits #StrongCity of Los Angeles

Martin Glud, SSP Consultant from #StrongCity Viborg (Denmark), met up with his Los Angeles (U.S.A.) #StrongCity colleagues whilst travelling in the region to share experiences on P/CVE. The meeting was set up by Viborg’s Martin Glud and L.A.’s Joumana Silyan-Saba to share ideas and perspectives on prevention. Both cities learned about each other’s P/CVE approaches….
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Regional Capacity Building Workshop – SCN in Lebanon and Jordan

The SCN Prevention Networks

80 members of the Strong Cities Network’s Local Prevention Networks from across six Jordanian and Lebanese municipalities convened last month in Beirut for a regional training workshop on Building a PVE Activity Action Plan for Stronger Cities. Marking the first occasion on which the full membership of every Local Prevention Network participated in joint learning…
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Can Cities Stop Wars? SCN in the Western Balkans

Following a training workshop with cities across Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, SCN Coordinator Daniel Hooton writes on local challenges and prevention across the Western Balkans. Read the full post on the ISD blog.

SCN in Lebanon and Jordan – 6 Prevention Networks established

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supporting a Strong Cities Network (SCN) pilot project, implemented by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) in Lebanon under the patronage of the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities and in Jordan under the patronage of the Ministry of Municipality Affairs. The aim of the project is to build municipal,…
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