COMMUNITIES FIRST: Creation of a civil society hub to address violent extremism – from prevention to reintegration
This three-year long project is aimed at launching a CSO Hub in the Western Balkans, for the purpose of strengthening civil society organizations (including those dealing with youth, women’s rights and religious organizations) and enabling them to become effective and responsible social actors. Organizations will improve their capacities for project implementation and dialogue with the authorities, influencing policy and decision-making processes related to the prevention and countering violent extremism.

Implementation Period: 06/03/2018 – 05/03/2021

Donor: European Union (Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2016-2017, Consolidating Regional Thematic Networks of Civil Society Organizations, EuropeAid/154870/DH/ACT/Multi); Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; Ministry of Public Administration of Montenegro

Project Partners: Centre for Legal Civic Initiatives (Albania), Hope and Homes for Children (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Partners Center for Conflict Management (Kosovo), Centre for Common Ground (Macedonia) and Cultural Center DamaD (Serbia)

Project Associates: Ministry of Interior (Montenegro), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Montenegro), School of Magistrates (Albania), Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Counterterrorism Directorate (Kosovo), Human Security Research Center (Faculty of Security Studies, University in Belgrade, Serbia), City of Novi Pazar (Serbia) and Islamic Community (Serbia)



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