The U.S. Sate Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs organised the first Strong Cities Network IVLP from 27 February to 19 March, 2016. Exchange visitors travelled to Washington, Los Angeles, Denver, Columbus, Indianapolis and Chicago where they connected with U.S practitioners and gained insight int local CVE strategies.
What we do
We partner with city officials to establish local risk assessments and design action plans and programmatic responses. From de-radicalisation programming to youth engagement strategies, we ensure that local responses address local needs.
Working from the ground up, we establish local coordination bodies that unite city halls, civil society educators, public health bodies, the private sector and faith leaders to identify and address community tensions. We base our success on harnessing existing and credible institutions, from social services to traditional civic infrastructure.
We galvanise mayors, city officials, local services, communities and youth, training them to play active roles in diagnosing and responding to local risk factors, creating an international repository of best practice approaches.
We help members access the latest research and best practice from across the network through our SCN Online Hub, which features stories, interviews, guides and training modules for teachers, city officials and civil society. Our SCN Hate and Extremism Mapper provides members with data, building digital observatories that correlate online risks with offline behaviour.
We act as a bridge, creating stronger working relationships between local and national governments. We also provide civil society with the knowledge, skills and resources to foster meaningful partnerships with officials in city halls.
- Transatlantic Mayoral Dialogue on Preventing Hate, Extremism and Polarisation, and Safeguarding Local Democracy
- Endorse The Hague Mayoral Declaration on Preventing Hate, Extremism and Polarisation, and Safeguarding Local Democracy
- Stronger Than Hate
- Operationalizing Local Government-Led Multi-Actor Prevention Policies and Programmes in East and Southern Africa
- Strengthening National-Local Cooperation in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Uganda