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Strong Cities Network Newsletter: January 2022
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JANUARY NEWSLETTER
Above: Osh, Kyrgyzstan, recently joined the Strong Cities Network in November, 2021.
Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Strong Cities Network (SCN) team, we wish you all a Happy New Year.

The SCN had a busy end to 2021. This included hosting two virtual regional events. The first, our inaugural Africa Summit examined how best to support city-led efforts to address hate, polarisation and extremism across the continent of Africa. The sessions featured speakers from international regional organisations, national and local governments, and civil society from countries across the African continent. It provided an opportunity for us to deepen our collaboration with our members and set the stage for enhancing the network’s on-the-ground impact in Africa. You can read a summary of the event, which includes some key findings, here.

Alongside the Africa Summit, we also launched an in-person Kenya Inter-County Exchange involving four counties (Nakuru, Kwale, Lamu and Isiolo) during which county officials shared experiences and lessons learned in implementing county action plans for preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Isel van Zyl, our Civic Action and Capacity Building Coordinator, has written on the importance of these events in an op-ed here.

The second regional event was our inaugural South Asia Summit, which convened city representatives and other local actors from Bangladesh, the Maldives, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, as well as from outside the region, and relevant international and regional organisations and researchers, on what can be done to support city-led P/CVE efforts. Sessions allowed participants to share views on the current violent extremism threat landscape in South Asia; discuss local experiences in and lessons for building a 'whole-of-society' P/CVE approach that leverages the comparative advantages of local governments; and exchange views on how to operationalise a tailored, multi-actor, city-led approach to confronting these challenges. You can read a short summary of the event here.

2021 was a busy year for our team in Lebanon and Jordan as it continued to work to institutionalise the local prevention networks it has helped set up in six municipalities in the region. Among other things, it delivered training to hundreds of school teachers, youth leaders, police, community members, parents and youth, building support networks and youth councils, hosted community cohesion events, organised a study tour to The Netherlands, and more. A summary of their extensive work is available in English and Arabic

Continuing with our series on online extremism, we launched our latest publication ‘Online Extremism in North Macedonia: Politics, Ethnicities and Religion’. Examining the main extremist narratives deployed in North Macedonia, this study provides recommendations for national government, local authorities, civil society and the private tech sector to help inform a more comprehensive response to these online harms.

Lastly, in November and December, we hosted a series of virtual workshops organised by the Global Counterterrorism Forum to understand the barriers and challenges to national-local cooperation and the steps we can take to address them. This is part of an ongoing project on providing context-specific guidance and support to countries and cities to help them implement the GCTF’s good practices on strengthening national-local cooperation in P/CVE, which the SCN management team helped develop. We have put together key takeaways from these workshops which you can read here.

We have a lot of exciting new plans for the coming year, including   webinars, workshops, trainings, publications, a revamped International Steering Committee, and an expanded SCN management team, which will make it easier to engage with our members and respond to your needs. We look forward to updating you all soon.

If you have any questions suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via info@strongcitiesnetwork.com.

Sincerely,
The Strong Cities Network Team
Africa Summit: Supporting City-Led Efforts to Address Hate, Polarisation and Extremism – Event Summary
Between 24 November and 2 December, the SCN, in partnership with the Kilindini Coalition and Mombasa County Government, hosted a 5-day Africa Summit focused on supporting city-led efforts to address hate, polarisation and extremism across the continent of Africa. The Summit included speakers from international agencies, national and local government and local civil society organisations that shared their experiences, lessons learned and challenges regarding important topics such as the impact that COVID-19 has had on PVE, youth inclusion, and how to improve multi-stakeholder approaches to PVE on the continent. You can read the full summary in the article below.
READ HERE
SCN Africa Summit and Kenya Inter-County Exchange Highlight Local Priorities for Prevention for 2022
ISEL VAN ZYL

The SCN recently organised two activities aimed at overcoming the challenges relating to catalysing and sustaining locally-driven multi-stakeholder prevention efforts. Isel van Zyl, our Civic Action and Capacity Building Coordinator, writes on the continued importance of hosting these events and how they are informing plans for 2022.
READ HERE

South Asia Summit: Supporting City-Led Efforts to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism – Event Summary

Over the past four years, the SCN has worked across the South Asia region to support city-led efforts against violent extremism. This has involved enabling cities in the region gain a better understanding of the violent extremism challenges they are facing, to develop and share good practices for locally-led preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) efforts, and, ultimately, influence how national, regional, and global actors think about both the threats facing local communities and how to address them most effectively. Building on these SCN efforts, in December 2021 the network held its inaugural South Asia Summit. You can read the full summary of the event in the article below.
READ HERE

Strong Cities Network MENA – 2021 Achievements

2021 was a busy year for our team in Lebanon and Jordan as it continued to work to institutionalise the local prevention networks it has helped set up in six municipalities in the region. Among other things, it delivered training to hundreds of teachers, youth leaders, police, community members, parents and youth, built support networks and youth councils, hosted community cohesion events, and organised a study tour to The Netherlands. A summary of their extensive work is available in English and Arabic
READ HERE

PUBLICATIONS

Online Extremism in North Macedonia: Politics, Ethnicities and Religion
 
In the latest in its series of publications examining online extremism, the Strong Cities Network investigates the main extremist narratives deployed in North Macedonia and provides a comprehensive set of recommendations for national government, local authorities, civil society and the private tech sector to help inform a more comprehensive response to these online harms. These will be of use to other cities and practitioners facing similar threats from online hate speech, mis- and disinformation and radicalisation efforts.

The publication is available in English, Albanian and Macedonian

SCN Facilitation of GCTF National-Local Cooperation Workshops

in November and December, we hosted a series of virtual workshops organised by the Global Counterterrorism Forum to understand the barriers and challenges to national-local cooperation and the steps we can take to address them. This is part of an ongoing project on providing context-specific guidance and support to countries and cities to help them implement the GCTF’s good practices on strengthening national-local cooperation in P/CVE, which the SCN management team helped develop. We have put together key takeaways from these workshops you can read below.
READ HERE
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