On the framework of the project “CIVIL SOCIETY COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM” funded by the European Union and implemented by Albanian Helsinki Committee, Netherlands Helsinki Committee, The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and the Together for Life (TFL), please be informed of the summary of the winning projects for the Call of Proposals
Organization name: YOUTH CENTER PERSPEKTIVA
Project title: One Step Together: Increasing Resilience of Young People to Radicalization in the areas of Diber, Elbasan and Kukës
Location: Diber, Elbasan, Kukës
Overall objective: The project aims at increasing resilience of young people to radicalized thought and pseudo-religious propaganda in the areas of Dibër, Elbasan and Kukës through human rights education, peer-to-peer empowerment and counter narratives.
Organization name: UET CENTER
Project title: Improving Local Media Capacities to Fight Religious Radicalism and Violent Extremism in Elbasan
Overall objective: To contribute to countering and preventing the spread of violent extremism and radicalization in the remote areas of Albania through raising awareness at the local level, concretely in Elbasan region by supporting media as a key factor to increase dialogue with civil society; local authorities, involving community and youth on contributing to the prevention of violent extremism
Organization name: WOMAN TO WOMAN
Project title: “Peace starts from me, my home, my school
Overall objective: The project aims to educate and to engage young people in peacebuilding process and conflict management, through promoting peace fighting against violence, discrimination and violent extremism. Main theme of the project is the importance of active role of the youth as peacebuilders and initiators for reconciliation in their home, schools and communities.
Organization name: ALBANIAN MUSLIM INTELLECTUAL FORUM
Project title: Educate Peace Messengers to CVE within Elbasan Region
Overall objective: To strengthen the response from the civil society to prevent violent extremism through building multi-stakeholders’ coalitions for developing counter-narratives in Elbasan Region.
Organization name: OPEN DOORS
Project title: A caravan for social challenges! A caravan for your empowerment!
Location: Cerrik / Elbasan
Overall objective: Support of the implementation of the NATIONAL STRATEGY ON COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM in Elbasan region, through organizing an awareness community campaign, training of 15 multipliers from 7 pilot schools and other dissemination activities creating a mass of local teachers with improved competencies in addressing prevention of CVE, for a period of 6 months.
Organization name: QENDRA AGRITRA-VIZION
Project title: Promoting youth engagement and raising awareness against VE and religion radicalism
Overall objective: “Contribute to Countering and preventing the spread of violent extremism and radicalization in the remote areas of Albania”. To measure the extent of violent extremism and religions radicalism in schools, its causes and consequences. To establish anti-violence clubs where students will engage in informing other peers to fight and engage violent extremism and religion radicalism.
Organization name: CENTER FOR YOUTH PROGRESS
Project title: Empowering local youth groups to address and prevent extremism and radicalization within high school communities
Overall objective: This project aims to bring together, first-line practitioners; youth workers, educators, parents, high school students, community police officers, child protection and health care workers and other key active actors at local level, to build capacities to learn about identity and have a better understanding of roots of extremism and radicalization, contributing towards a safer environment at high schools’ communities, in Kukës region. Mapping the situation, causes and consequences through the questionnaires, interviews and focus group discussions will also help local actors to have official data and use for future interventions. The project will support first line practitioners, enabling them to be well equipped in preventing radicalization, paying early attention to problems such as bullying, teasing, or other student conflicts before they escalate into violent behavior.
Organization name: INSTITUTI SHQIPTAR PËR ÇËSHTJET PUBLIKE
Project title: Education young people with the culture of tolerance and understanding for building friendly society
Overall objective: To counter and prevent the spread of violent extremism and radicalization in the district of Korça.
Organization name: YOUTH MOVEMENT FOR DEMOCRACY PUKE
Project title: Building of culture of tolerance and peaceful conflict management, promoting youth entrepreneurship, employability and youth civic engagement
Location: Puke, Fushë Arrëz
Overall objective: To promote culture of tolerance and peaceful conflict management by empowering youth of Puke and Fushë Arrëz rural areas through building youth entrepreneurship and employability skills, building a culture of peer support network, promoting youth civic engagement and volunteerism and raising citizen’s awareness and education on the risk that comes from lack of tolerance, violent behaviors, radicalism and presence of criminal groups and radical religious organizations.
Empowering young girls who are at risk of getting involved with radicalism and extremism also girls who are vulnerable and have low self-esteem and come from areas of poor income, very traditional and very conservative strict mentality about gender roles is also very important aim of this project.
Organization name: INTEGRATION OF ROMA OF THE NORTH
Project title: ROLE.EXE – Roma of Lezha encounter VE
Overall objective: RoLe.exe will contribute to countering and preventing the spread of violent extremism and radicalization in the Roma and Egyptian community in Lezha.
Organization name: UNE GRUAJA & QENDRA “QKSCSH”
Project title: “EXTREME DIALOGUES: TEACHING YOUTH PEACE”
Overall objective: Reducing the spread of violent extremism and radicalization in the remote areas of Pogradec through a series of integrated services.
Organization name: PEOPLE IN FOCUS
Project title: Be aware – Breakdown extremism in Has Municipality
Overall objective: Raise awareness among citizen of Has, in urban and rural areas in countering violent extremist.
Organization name: FONDACIONI ARSIMOR SHQIPTAR
Project title: “Empowering Youth initiatives in Countering Violent Extremism in the City of Shkodra”
Overall objective: Empower and support youth initiatives in order to work on countering violent extremism. We aim to work with young university students from Shkodra, train them to undertake research in the field and write short policy paper in the form of briefing paper1 focused on studying the causes and drivers of radicalization, contributing factors, channels and scale of radicalization, foreign fighters and potential consequences of violent extremism in the city of Shkodra. After writing the policy papers the working groups will be supported to present their studies at the University of Shkodra, a number of high schools in Shkodra, media, and social networks. In such conditions, we will not only study the rise of radicalization but will also foster education and raise awareness among young people in the city and apply an effective outreach strategy to spread messages and fight radicalization.
Organization name: INAC, INFORMATION NETWORK AND ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP
Project title: Promoting religious tolerance within religious communities through positive models and media
Overall objective: To empower youth and other young leaders, to promote and enhance civil education and the culture of tolerance and nonviolence through positive examples and media role.
Organization name: ALBANIAN INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Project title: Engaging youth to build resilient local communities against extremism in Ura Vajgurore and Peshkopi municipalities
Location: Ura Vajgurore and Peshkopi municipality
Overall objective: To educate, motivate and empower youth in the municipalities of Ura Vajgurore and Peshkopi against radicalization and violent extremism and build local alliances for increasing the resiliency of the entire community.
Organization name: DEMOCRATIC INTEGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE KUKES – DIDCK
Project title: “AGAINST EXTREMISM”
Location: Kukës, Has
Overall objective: To inform and encourage families to work with local authorities and official religious representatives to counter VE by expanding public schools as Community Centers in Kukes Region.
Organization name: SHOQATA “GRUJA NE ZHVILLIM KORÇË”
Project title: “VEP NETWORK” (Violent Extremism Prevention Network)
Overall objective: Strengthening the capacities of local CSOs, educational institutions in order to be motivated to cooperate in the network, increase interaction between them and the community in general and particularly between youngsters in order to contribute to countering and preventing the spread of violent extremism and radicalization in Korça region.
Organization name: WOMEN COMMUNITY, HARMONIZED DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT (CW-HD)
Project title: Prevention of violent extremism and radicalism in Roskovec and rural areas of this municipality
Overall objective: “To contribute to countering and preventing the spread of violent extremism and radicalization in Roskovec and its remote areas, through providing awareness, education and legal education, peer to peer education using media and social media, free legal counseling and education, coordination between actors in local level”.
Organization name: CENTER FOR SOCIAL INTEGRATION
Project title: Engage women to preventing and countering violent extremism as positive change agents in their families and communities
Overall objective: To contribute to increase knowledge and enhance skills of women and girls, civil society actors to integrate a gender dimension and promote women’s participation and inclusion in preventing and countering violent extremism
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