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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.



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Hedayah welcomes increased UK support and launches PCVE National Action Plans Task Force

posted on 23 Sep 2016 news

NEW YORK | Hedayah, the Abu-Dhabi-based International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, today welcomed the announcement of expanded support from the UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

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News & Activities

Launch of the Counter Narratives in South East Asia How-To Guide

30 Aug 2016 Activity

On 30 August 2016, Hedayah launched its latest compendium and report titled Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in South East Asia: A How-To Guide. This report contains practical advice for civil society organizations and practitioners to develop effective narratives that counter the approaches of Daesh, Al-Qaida, Jemaah Islamiyah and other violent extremists in the region..

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Pope, UAE build bridges to take on ideology of hate and terror

15 Sep 2016 news

CNN | UAE | When His Holiness Pope Francis received His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates, it was the highest-level official delegation from the Gulf state ever to visit the Vatican, and comes at a time when constructive dialogue between people of all faiths is of paramount importance.

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