Why Local Networks are Key to Preventing Extremism and Hate

Since 2017, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) has supported the development of Local Prevention Networks (LPN) in multiple contexts ranging from Kumanovo, North Macedonia to Tripoli, Lebanon. There are 10 lessons learned from this experience:

  1. Design a Structure to Fit the Specific Context
  2. Identify and Articulate a Clear Remit
  3. Tailor the Mandate
  4. Emphasise Local Knowledge and Context
  5. Leverage Existing Community Structures and Initiatives
  6. Maximise Strategic and Action Planning and Resource Deployment for Prevention
  7. Coordinate and/or Deliver Local Action
  8. Enhance National-Local Coordination
  9. Institutionalise Communication and Coordination Mechanisms with the Community
  10. Provide Safe Spaces

These lessons are particularly important as local authorities look to develop integrated approaches to prevent hate and extremism and address an increasingly inter-connected threat landscape. With coordinated, locally-led solutions more important than ever, this briefing paper provides an overview of each lesson, and can inform efforts to deploy local multi-stakeholder approaches to prevention in SCN member cities and beyond.

In this Briefing Paper, which includes resources and further reading, we have provided guidance for local authorities and civil society groups seeking to develop their own LPN. Read the full briefing paper below.

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