State of Play: P/CVE National-Local Cooperation – What We Learned & What Needs to Improve

National-Local Cooperation (NLC) is as an essential component of global efforts to prevent and counter of violent extremism (P/CVE). While counter-extremism efforts have traditionally been driven from the top-down, and employed security forces, this approach is limited. Not only does it essentially exclude local governments and civil society – stakeholders with critical knowledge and understanding of local dynamics as well as the access and means to address them – but the often heavy-handed tactics of security forces can divide communities.

While progress has been made in the past 20 years to improve cooperation between national and local stakeholders and to adopt a whole-of-society approach to P/CVE, this progress has been slow and uneven. In September 2020, the Strong Cities Network worked with the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) to produce a set of good practices to guide and strengthen NLC, but - as for the status of existing global approaches – there is currently little understanding.

To assess the state of play, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) led four targeted deep dives, analysing efforts in East and West Africa, Indonesia and Uganda.

Join SCN, and the four experts who conducted these deep dives, for an important and timely discussion on the barriers to and progress in NLC, and what needs to change for effective P/CVE. Four experts, four deep dives, important insights for policy-makers and practitioners.

Online Discussion, Wednesday 14 September

9AM Washington / 1PM Accra / 2PM London / 3PM Berlin / 4PM Nairobi


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.

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