Category: SCN Programmes

Events organised and run by the Strong Cities Network

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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Young Cities hold Youth Innovation Lab in Mombasa, Kenya

After Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon, Kenya saw its first Young Cities Youth Innovation lab take place in Mombasa from 19 – 21 November. Young Cities unites efforts from ISD’s Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN) and Strong Cities Network (SCN), and is an integrated training and support programme for young activists and municipal policymakers and practitioners….
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SCN-IRI Event in the Western Balkans

In November 2018, the Strong Cities Network convened over 40 representatives from the SCN’s Western Balkan cities, including ten mayors and deputy mayors at the Western Balkans Resiliency Forum in Budva, Montenegro. The forum was hosted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) in partnership with SCN and supported by the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization…
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SCN Community Prevention Network Showcase

The SCN recently hosted an event in Jordan showcasing the work of Community Prevention Networks (CPNs) working to prevent violent extremism across Zarqa, Karak, and Irbid. Established by the SCN, the Community Prevention Networks have worked closely with their local municipalities and the Jordanian Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MoMA) over the past two years under…
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Lebanon: Strong Cities dialogue session with the National PVE unit

Last week, the Strong Cities Network, in partnership with the National PVE Coordinator of Lebanon and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosted a consultation meeting with Community Prevention Network members of Saida, Majdal Anjar and Tripoli. The meeting was headed by the National PVE coordinator, Rubina Abou Zeinab, and was conducted in the presence…
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Peshawar delegates travel to Birmingham for SCN City Exchange

The Strong Cities Network (SCN) held its third bilateral city exchange on 30 October – 1 November 2018 between the cities of Peshawar, Pakistan, and Birmingham, United Kingdom. Two District Council members from Peshawar, Safdar Khan Baghi and Mubashir Manzoor, travelled to Birmingham and Luton to attend this exchange hosted by Waqar Ahmed, Prevent Lead…
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SCN Building Stronger Cities Conference in Birmingham

Earlier this month, Strong Cities Network partnered with Birmingham City Council to organise a two-day conference facilitating national and international knowledge-sharing on building strong cities with a specific focus on community cohesion, preventing and countering violent crime, and radicalisation. The challenges faced by local policymakers in preventing and countering violent extremism, whilst also seeking to…
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Young Cities in Mombasa, Kenya

The SCN and YouthCAN teams met with the County Government, youth and local CSOs in Mombasa, Kenya last week, in preparation for an upcoming Young Cities workshop. Further expanding upon ISD’s expertise and portfolio in East Africa, Young Cities Mombasa will be held at the end of November. The programme aims at increasing the capacity of youth to…
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SCN conducts city consultations in the Western Balkans

Last week, the SCN team led consultation activities with member cities and local stakeholders in Kosovo and Macedonia. Following an engagement and training phase that led more than 40 municipalities across the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) to join the SCN, we are now seeking to deepen our engagement and…
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Mayors call for worldwide local cooperation to combat extremism

11 July 2018, Melbourne: Uniting communities and preventing terrorism can be done better through local governments cooperating around the world. This is the message from around 250 local leaders from over 30 countries gathering in Melbourne this week for the annual Global Summit of the Strong Cities Network (SCN).   Over the next three days, mayors, governors,…
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