Community engagement in preventing extremism: A step-by-step approach
Although governments and public authorities must do their utmost to prevent polarisation, extremism and radicalisation, these issues cannot be tackled effectively without community involvement. Polarisation, which can create a breeding ground for radicalisation, involves growing tensions between communities. Trust and dialogue between communities and authorities can help to prevent and temper this process.
Community engagement is, therefore, a vital tool in the prevention of polarisation and extremism. But collaboration with local authorities is in the interest of communities as well: by sharing knowledge and resources with local authorities, they can better serve their members and protect them from the influences of extremists.
The paper, published and elaborated by RAN, provides a step-by-step approach and is written for local coordinators, community workers and community representatives interested and involved in the prevention of polarisation and radicalisation.