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South Asia Regional Hub

South Asia Regional Hub

In a region often focused on centralised and securitised approaches to extremism, the Strong Cities South Asia Regional Hub is engaging with local municipalities and stakeholders on an exciting prevention and resilience agenda; empowering cities to explore their potential and facilitating opportunities to engage with regional counterparts on how hate and extremism can manifest and be addressed at the local level.

Identifying City Needs & Priorities in South Asia

Through desk research, in-depth interviews, virtual and in person roundtables, the South Asia Regional Hub mapped the local threat landscape and identified the needs and priorities of cities and subnational authorities for mayors and local governments across the region to fulfil their potential in prevention and resilience-building.


Hear from Cities in South Asia

The South Asia Regional Hub Inaugural Event was wonderful! Being part of this workshop was a memorable experience and shared a lot of knowledge.

Khajja Ibrahim—Women’s Development Committee, Addu City, Maldives

About the South Asia Regional Hub

The South Asia Regional Hub was launched in January 2023 at an event in Dubai that brought together local, national, civil society and multilateral stakeholders to identify priorities across the Hub’s five pillars. The team is now driving forward its ambitious work plan, informed by the priority themes identified by stakeholders across the region during the inaugural event, with a particular focus on leveraging existing city-level frameworks, resources and structures.

The Regional Hub is also engaging cities in the Southeast Asia region.

Supported by funding from the US Department of State, the Regional Hub is working with local governments to identify their relevant needs and priorities, and provide them with the support, resources and access needed to become leaders in prevention, ensuring their perspectives inform relevant national, regional and global policy and programme conversations.

South Asia REgional Hub


Gulmina Bilal


Anika Ahmed

Programme Lead