Civil Society in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans
Civil society organisations (CSO) in the Western Balkans (WB) have been increasingly encouraged to engage in prevention and countering of violent extremism (P/CVE) focusing primarily on countering radicalization leading to violence, but also on broader issues related to promoting tolerance, preventing hate speech, reconciliation, and civic education. A key barrier to effective programming on P/CVE within the Western Balkans remains the lack of understanding of existing local community actors that have the capacity and credibility to deliver P/CVE programming at a grass-roots level. Therefore, a consortium made of six CSOs from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia) led by Forum MNE simultaneously conducted a mapping of the range of stakeholders relevant for implementing P/CVE actions. The research was done using a single robust mapping methodology deployed by each partner.
The activity is a part of a project: “Communities First: Creation of civil society hub to address violent extremism—from prevention to reintegration” implemented by Center for Legal Civic Initiatives (Albania), Hope and Homes for Children (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Partners Kosova – Center for Conflict Management (Kosovo), Forum MNE (Montenegro), Center for Common Ground (North Macedonia), and Cultural Center DamaD (Serbia) and financially supported by the European Union, the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Ministry of Public Administration of Montenegro
National mapping reports in local language and English, as well as Regional Mapping Report can be downloaded below.
Republic of North Macedonia
Regional Mapping report
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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