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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Launch of New SCN MENA Hub Page

Our new MENA hub page has just launched, which highlights the SCN’s work in the Middle East North Africa region. This includes the highly successful Community Prevention Networks (CPNs) across six cities in Lebanon and Jordan, which develop sustainable grassroots infrastructure and design, coordinate and deliver effective prevention initiatives that are locally-owned and city-led. The hub page also expands on…
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Mombasa and Kristiansand leaders sign Memorandum of Understanding

On 22 November, Governor Hassan Ali Joho of Mombasa, Kenya, and Deputy Mayor Jørgen Kristiansen of Kristiansand, Norway, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing ceremony took place on the margins of a city exchange between Kristiansand and Mombasa. This is a significant milestone for the two cities, coming out of the efforts of…
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Practice Spotlight: Individualland, Pakistan

Author: Gulmina Bilal, Director of Individualland Preventing Violent Extremism through Community Engagement Individualland Pakistan (IL) is a research based advocacy group that has been working towards countering violent extremism (CVE), strengthening democratic procedures, and enhancing the role of citizens in governance since 2007. Through the aforementioned thematic areas, IL aims to strengthen social cohesion and…
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SCN Interview with Pajtim Saiti, Search for Common Ground (SFCG)

Pajtim Saiti is a Project Manager at Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in Macedonia. Prior to joining SFCG, Pajtim led the Department for local economy, development and international cooperation at the municipality of Gostivar (Macedonia). Pajtim became familiar with the SCN when the Mayor nominated him as point of contact for his municipality. This short…
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