Organising intercultural and interreligious activities

A toolkit for local authorities


Current Affairs Committee

Sedef Cankoçak

Tel : +33 3 88 41 21 10

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CoCoRa - Community Counteracting Radicalisation

Best practice Community engagement and empowerment

The background and rationale of the CoCoRa project and prevention concept is as follows:

All over Europe we see:

  • An increased focus on political-religious radicalisation oriented towards Daesh in the wake of the Syria civil war
  • An increased preparedness to prevent and counteract young people´s political-religious radicalisation, violent/militant extremism and terrorism
  • A variety of prevention and intervention strategies launched to respond to these phenomena throughout Europe
  • Most efforts aimed at strengthening the professional resources – frontline workers/practitioners as well as researchers and intelligence services etc.

But despite all these effort:

  • We still seem to witness an increasing number of radicalized youngsters, turning their heads and resources towards political-religious movements against Western-democratic societies
  • Civil societies and local communities are rarely an integrated part of the prevention strategies.

On this background, the overall aims for the CoCoRa projects are to:

  • To contribute to a new local community-based and co-productive prevention strategy against politicial-religious radicalisation and violent extremism among young people in the risk zone for radicalization.

The concrete objectives are:

  • To develop a prevention programme focused on the strengthening of young people´s empowerment and devotion to an active fellow citizenship
  • To involve local communities as equal partners in developing the prevention programme, utilizing inside knowledge, confidential positions and credibility.
  • To train the young participants for an intercultural ambassadorship to engage in dialogue and coproduction with professionals in prevention activities.

Thus, the CoCora project will:

  • Empower young people exposed for political-religious radicalization to recognize and define themselves in the concept of an equal and active fellow citizenship
  • Strengthen the mutual insight, credibility and trust between local professionals/practitioners and local com-munities in order to qualify approaches and methods in united prevention efforts.
  • Incorporate the empowerment and equality approach to the prevention strategy in order to relate the prevention efforts clearly to the perspective of an equal and active citizenship.

Contact details:

Karlsgårdsvej 11
DK-3000 Elsinore

Margit Helle Thomsen, Director
Tel: 0045 51204858