Albania: Reconsidering the Role of Civil Society and Religious Authorities in Building Community Resilience

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The proliferation of terrorist groups has turned violent extremism (VE) into a crucial concern in international politics. In facing this problem, states have advanced their national capacities and international actors have contributed to states’ efforts by financing state and non-state actors working in the process of countering VE. Similar to its neighbouring Western Balkan (WB) states, Albania has not been immune to the challenges of religious violent extremism. In co-ordination with various international actors the government started establishing a whole-of-society approach through a strategy of Countering Violent-Extremism (CVE). This, comprehensive response seeks to mobilize and empower local governments, religious communities, and civil society actors with the aim of promoting civic values and respect for human rights. Read more here.

Source: IDM Albania

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