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April 10, 2024

HOPE Regional Talks: Sharing Knowledge and Strengthening Cooperation in the Balkans

Proving a platform for sharing knowledge, discussing effective strategies, and exploring potential collaborations among different stakeholders, , the "HOPE Regional Talks" marked a notable step forward in the region's ongoing action against violent extremism.
January 3, 2024

International conference unveils comprehensive strategies to tackle radicalisation in the criminal justice system and beyond

In a remarkable event in Lisbon, more than 50 experts and decision-makers gathered to discuss radicalisation prevention, foster collaboration and share insights to develop tailored solutions in the scope of preventing and countering violent extremism.
July 1, 2023

Developing digital skills in Criminal Justice

Digital skills in a digital criminal justice world With the steady, ongoing, and swift advance of technological development and its aggregation into society and all spheres of human coexistence, we are faced with an increasingly digital reality. This results in technologies finding greater application in various domains, thus becoming a central core of society’s daily lifestyle (Dolgopolov, Ivanov, Lauta, & Yacobi, 2022), and the increasing importance of being prepared to use them (i.e., digital skills). […]
April 27, 2023

Empowering Criminal Justice Professionals: The Train-the-Trainer Initiative for Skills Sharing and Capacity Building

In the criminal justice field, it is crucial that professionals receive adequate and high-quality training in order to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. However, training opportunities in this context have inherent difficulties, such as the challenges of bringing in an outside trainer or the need for professionals to travel from their workplace to receive training. Moreover, criminal justice professionals have demanding jobs with time-sensitive tasks, making it challenging for them to find time during […]
March 1, 2023

The impact of the pandemic on psychosocial health: Cyberspace as a setting for radicalisation and extremism

Recent research has conceded that the crisis scenario arising from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic led to what has been termed a ‘perfect storm’ from which sprang conditions for fostering the development and proliferation of radicalisation (Bartusevičius et al., 2021). The global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is thought to have forced the terrorist and radicalisation phenomenon to adapt to the rapid and profoundly disruptive changes in society and people’s daily lives (Ivanov, 2022). […]


Transnational thematic workshops

HOPE organised 8 transnational thematic online workshops targeting the Balkan countries involved in the project consortium, namely Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Slovenia.

These workshops explore a topic to be determined in the project’s field, exploring theoretical and practical content, being the materialisation of HOPE’s network that supports continuous training, sharing of information and experience on the topic of P/CVE within the Balkan area – The Balkan, Southern and Eastern European learning hub on Radicalisation.

 HOPE Regional Talks

The HOPE Regional Talks give voice to the initiative’s network organisations to enhance knowledge-sharing and contributing to understanding of their particular realities in the scope of radicalisation prevention.

Professionals working in community organisations, prisons, and probation are invited to participate in a collective discussion about the challenges of (re)integration and rehabilitation in the Balkan region.

National dissemination workshops

The national dissemination workshops played a central role in achieving high visibility for the HOPE project outcomes. 

They took place in all partner countries, involving relevant stakeholders, namely policy and decision makers, prison and probation staff, community organisations’ staff, judicial staff training providers, academics/researchers, governmental actors, and practitioners from relevant civil society organisations and non-governmental agencies.

Final public International Conference

The project’s closing event took place in Lisbon (Portugal) gathering more than 50 participants to disseminate HOPE’s final products and results amongst various relevant international stakeholders (prison/probation staff, community organisations’ staff, policy/decision-makers, academics/researchers, local/regional/governmental actors).

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The project “HOPE – HOlistic radicalisation Prevention initiativE” is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.