Multi-Agency Approach to

Prevent and Address Violent Extremism

This Project is supported by the Strong Cities Network (SCN), whic is led to ISD

The unemployment rate, socioeconomic conditions, lack of social cohesion, inclusion in remote areas, and manipulation of religious narratives are considered to be the primary causes driving young people, especially, below the age of 30 to violent extremism in Albania.

The proposed project will contribute to enhance social resilience towards Radicalization and Violent Extremism at the local level by achieving the following objectives:

  • Increase the understanding of relevant governmental and non-governmental actors about the risks of RR and VE in community of Shkoder;
  • Unfold the capacity of the stakeholders to prevent and address Radicalization and Violent Extremism in the community;
  • Introduce and reinforce a multi-agency approach model for engaging state and social actors at the municipality level in preventing and addressing Violent Extremism.

The final step of this project is the creation of a Local Council for Public Safety (LCPS) where all the social components of the community will be represented, and in which all the actors will be able to identify situations at risk of radicalization and violent extremism in order to intervene with activities of prevention, awarness and intervention.

The model of establishing and working through LCPS in Albania builds upon similar successful experiences in Kosovo and other countries. As related by OSCE, such Councils have greatly contributed to build social cohesion and resilience against Radicalization and Violent Extremism in communities at high risk from these phenomena. Community resilience is the ability of a community to withstand, respond to and recover from a wide range of harmful and adverse events. These challenges may, for instance, include crime or environmental disasters, as well as conflict and tensions between different groups within the community, or with other communities.

The LCPS model is an important tool to promote social dialogue, thus fostering greater social cohesion, which remains the first barrier to the risk of radicalization and violent extremism

LCPS present a multidimensional approach to fostering local and tailored responses to the risk of Radicalization and Violent Extremism that have worked well in Kosovo and have had an encouraging start in Albania.

This approach consists of creating Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) infrastructures ensuring that people at risk are given multi-agency support at an early stage and that practitioners have the ability to share information across hierarchies and sectors. A multi-partner approach in which actors have the knowledge and the capacity to identify and support individuals at risk is crucial. The main aims for multi-agency partnerships are:

  • Recognising individuals at risk;
  • Assessing the nature and the extent of the potential vulnerability or risk;
  • Developing an appropriate support package;
  • Ensure that relevant information is shared.

GUS Albania will develop further this model in the municipality of Shkoder, using as guidelines the outputs and outcomes of previous likely initiatives.

The project also includes the organization of 3 Capacity Development Sessions (CDS) with LCPS members to expand the understanding on concrete risk and challenges related to Radicalization and Violent Extremism in their municipality and inform them about and connect them to resources available.