Training & Capacity Building

Strong Cities Network

Launched at the United Nations in September 2015, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) is the first ever global network of municipal-level policy makers and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism in all its forms.

Led by ISD, The SCN strengthens strategic planning and practices among muncipal-level policy makers and builds the capacity of local practitioners to prevent the spread of violent extremism in all its forms. The network catalyses, inspires and multiplies community-centric approaches and action to counter violent extremism while respecting the fundamental rights of citizens.

The Far Right Extremism in Europe (FREE) Initiative

The FREE Initiative, created by ISD, is the first online resource to offer practical guidance on countering far-right extremism across Europe. It aims to inspire and promote cross-border learning among those working against violent far-right extremism. The FREE Initiative has developed into the largest European network of far-right practitioners, greatly increasing their knowledge and capacity through exchanges of policy and best practice.

Civil Society Capacity Building

Recruitment and training civic activists and grass-roots partners to create targeted counter-narrative campaigns across Europe, the Balkans, Indonesia and Kenya; supported by Google, Facebook and the State Department.

ISD has built the first comprehensive online repository for policy-makers and practitioners working on countering radicalisation and polarisation. The portal includes an easily searchable up-to-date repository of government policies and programmes, both current and historical, and contains a log of case studies and evaluated best practices. This library of resources acts as a one-stop-shop for those working to tackle radicalisation and polarisation, contains a diary of forthcoming events and meetings, and has an ‘expert finder’.

The website also has the capability to support online practitioner network forums, ‘hot topic’ and crisis response chat rooms, and expert facilitated discussions. Funded by the European Commission in its first phase, it is intended to help policy makers, decision makers, practitioners and academics to exchange information and examples of good practice, stay in touch, and remain up-to-date with latest developments.