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Hedayah was created in response to the growing desire from members of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and the wider international community for the establishment of an independent, multilateral center.

During the ministerial-level launch of the GCTF in New York in September 2011, the U.A.E offered to serve as the host of the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. In December 2012, Hedayah was inaugurated with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 

Hedayah is devoted to dialogue and communications, capacity building programs, research and analysis to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations.


Featured News

Annual Countering Violent Extremism Research Conference Presents Top Research from Around the World

posted on 08 Oct 2019 news

MELBOURNE | WAM | With growing threats of violent extremism in the region, researchers, government officials, academics and development experts convened for a three-day global conference on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in Melbourne, Australia.

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News & Activities

Sixth Annual International CVE Research Conference 2019

08 Aug 2019 Activity

Hedayah, Alfred Deakin Institute-Deakin University, the Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism (AVERT) Research Network, Deakin University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will hold the International CVE Research Conference 2019 for the sixth consecutive year.

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New Countering Violent Extremism Curriculum Raises Awareness and Encourages Collaborative Efforts

10 Jul 2019 news

ABU DHABI | WAM | Search for Common Ground (Search) in collaboration with Hedayah, with financial support of the European Union’s Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE) Global program, released the first ever complete CVE Training Curriculum to raise awareness on collaborative CVE approaches among governments and civil societies, while better equipping them to prevent and counter violent extremism.

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