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)



Forum MNE (Montenegro) in partnership with the Center for Legal Civic Initiatives (Albania), Hope and Homes for Children BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Partners Kosova - Center for Conflict Management (Kosovo ), Center for Common Ground (North Macedonia), and Cultural...

Young people to bring about positive messages

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The media should carefully report on cases of violent extremism

Podgorica, (MINA) - The media should be especially careful when reporting on cases of violent extremism and ethno-nationalism, as these are problems that directly threaten democratic values and the civic concept of society.This was reported at a workshop “Media in the...

Create resilience of Montenegrin society to violent extremism

Podgorica, (MINA) - The young population is particularly vulnerable to violent extremism, and all segments of Montenegrin society need to be involved in creating resilience to the phenomenon, it was assessed at the training for civil society representatives organized...


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