Category: Member News

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Three Years after they launched, Lebanon’s Local Prevention Networks are adapting to tackle a new threat – Covid-19

Above: the town of Majdal Anjar, Lebanon Nidal Khaled, Coordinator, Local Prevention Network. President of the Youth Initiatives Association. Ghida Elassaad, Project Coordinator, Strong Cities Network This article was written before the Lebanese government ordered the coronavirus lockdown. Fear of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping across Lebanon, and the border town of Majdal Anjar is…
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Delegates from Kenya and The Philippines Meet U.S. Counterparts to Build Relations and Share Knowledge

Above: Delegates from Kenya visited key U.S. cities as part of an IVLP exchange in November/December 2019. For the last 80 years, the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) has brought thousands of professionals to the United States to cultivate relationships with their American counterparts and address a wide variety of foreign…
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The Mayor of London, the Strong Cities Network and Google.org Launch New Fund to Counter Hate in London

With £400,000 from City Hall generously match-funded by Google.org, the new fund is part of Mayor Khan’s £1 million investment to support London’s first ever Countering Violent Extremism programme, which launched in December 2017. Grassroots organisations from across London will have the opportunity to bid for grants up to £50,000, providing them with the vital…
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Young Cities 2019 Perspective: Connecting Kenyan Youth to County Officials

Above: Teams develop their campaigns at our Youth Innovation Labs, like this one in Mombasa, with guidance provided by the Young Cities team.  It started with a simple invitation – a request for applications from youth interested in attending an innovation lab and solving a key local challenge.  We shortlisted the brightest ideas and invited…
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Practice Spotlight: Launch of United for All Coalition

On Friday, November 15, 2019, a group of 24 organisations announced the formation of a local coalition called United for All. Led by the City of Ottawa, United Way East Ontario, Ottawa Police Services, and joined by many other organisations, the group will coordinate local efforts to overcome hate and violence in the city. As its first milestone, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and the City of Ottawa’s leadership signed the Strong Cities Network (SCN) agreement as the largest coalition of organisations to join the network.

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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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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Chattanooga Council Against Hate Findings

Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga, TN, speaking at State of the City 2018 Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayers. Sri Lanka during Easter services. Poway, California at the conclusion of Passover. The recent global surge of hate and extremism, resulting in the killing of scores of religious worshippers during dates of congregation, has had an…
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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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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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