In 2018, the Young Cities programme was launched to help young people and local governments address the challenges facing their communities.
Young Cities is designed as a partnership between our sister projects, The Strong Cities Network (SCN) and the Youth Civil Activism Network (YouthCAN). By combining SCN’s experience with supporting cities globally, and YouthCAN’s innovative approach to empowering young activists, Young Cities is fostering unique and collaborative solutions powered by young people and in tandem with local governments as they address the challenges of hate, polarisation and extremism.
All three projects are initiatives of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a leading organisation in understanding and innovating real-world responses to the rising tide of polarisation, hate and extremism. Young Cities draws upon ISD’s expertise to improve engagement with young people in tackling these issues.
With the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), we have supported young people in nine cities across Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal and North Macedonia. We will be launching in Jordan in 2021.