On Wednesday 14th September we had the pleasure to hear from guest speakers, Francis Kofi Ansong, Christopher Hockey, Mohamad Rizki Maulana & Dr. Ashad Sentongo (Ph.D), moderated by Strong Cities’ Senior Manager Charlotte Moeyens.
Four experts who conducted deep dives which analysed barriers to and progress in NLC in East and West Africa, Indonesia and Uganda, and efforts to improve cooperation between national and local stakeholders, joined the Strong Cities Network on 14 September for our webinar: "State of Play: P/CVE National-Local Cooperation – What We Learned & What Needs to Improve".
With 107 registrations from policymakers, practitioners and other key stakeholders, the event was an important and timely discussion on what needs to change across the four regions and globally for more effective NLC integration in P/CVE efforts.
Dr. Ashad Sentongo [pictured] emphasised the importance of developing a singular approach to P/CVE in Uganda: "we need a shared understanding of P/CVE and what it means. We need to understand who the actors are, what are the roles, and what structures we can bring to bear."
Francis Ansong, an independent researcher from Ghana who led analysis into barriers to NLC in West Africa identified "local leaders" as "undervalued" in the role they play in preventing and countering violent extremism [in West Africa]: "the traditional local leaders are close to the ground, they know the communities."
Francis Ansong | Independent Researcher, Ghana
Mr. Francis Ansong is an experienced bilingual Senior Executive with over 10 years of demonstrated professional experience in conflict analysis, peacebuilding and working with international organizations in technical and managerial roles. He has collaborated with donors like USAID and other regional stakeholders such as G5 Sahel and its member states, to implement the over $21 million Partnerships for Peace (P4P) program, where he initially served as the Regional Field Coordinator and later as the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) for the regional initiative which focused on Prevention Violent Extremism and Women Peace and Security programming in in the Sahel. As the DCOP of Partnerships for Peace (P4P), He has worked and collaborated with national and local governments as well as civil society organizations in Burkina, Chad, Mauritania, Mali and Niger as well as the Executive Secretariat of the G5 Sahel (G5S) and its affiliated networks.
Christopher Hockey | Research Fellow, RUSI Nairobi, Kenya
Christopher Hockey joined RUSI’s Nairobi office as a Research Fellow in 2019. He is involved in several countering violent extremism projects in Kenya, with an emphasis on research, monitoring and evaluation and violence tracking. He is also involved in CVE training for the European Union Delegation. Having been brought up in Kenya, Christopher previously worked in Nairobi’s risk management space. As an analyst, he developed an extensive understanding of the transnational threat from Islamist extremism across eastern and central Africa. He has spent considerable time on various projects in Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria and has trained analysts from across the continent. Prior to joining RUSI, Christopher led the information and intelligence branch of a leading risk consulting firm in eastern Africa. Christopher holds a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Cultural Heritage and International Relations from the University of East Anglia.
Mohamad Rizki Maulana | Managing Director, Institute for International Peacebuilding, Indonesia
A former journalist who holds a Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He also involved in some research related with peace and conflict issue and violent extremism, as well. Currently his works focused on enhancing the capacity of government officers across Indonesia related with violent extremism issue.
Dr. Ashad Sentongo, PhD | Director of Africa Programs, Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Uganda
Dr. Ashad Sentongo is currently the Director of African Programs at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR). He works with Members States of the Africa Union Commission to build the African Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, including provision of training and technical assistance to national and regional mechanisms. He is also consultant on national security policy, prevention and countering violent extremism, conflict analysis and peace building. Research works and publications also focus on power and ethnicity, Early Warning and Early Response, transformational leadership, traditional dispute resolution, genocide and mass atrocity prevention, and prevention and countering violent extremism.