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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

Hedayah, UNDP co-host 3rd Annual International CVE Research Conference in Jakarta

posted on 08 Dec 2016 news

JAKARTA | On 6 December 2016, the “Third Annual International Countering Violent Extremism Research Conference 2016”, co-hosted by Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), started its interactive activities in Jakarta. The Conference was held for the first time and for three days in Jakarta, Indonesia, South East Asia.

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News & Activities

FTF Programs Catalogue

03 Nov 2016 Activity

On 8 December 2016, Hedayah launched the FTF Programs Catalogue in order to support the practical implementation of The Hague—Marrakech Memorandum and its Addendum, in particular on the CVE and returnee elements of the FTF phenomenon, the catalogue outlines existing programs sponsored by or led by countries that all UN member states may find useful or appropriate for their particular national context.

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Hedayah receives Former President of Kosovo

29 Nov 2016 news

ABU DHABI | On Tuesday 29 November 2016, Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, received the 4th President of the Republic of Kosovo, Her Excellency Ms. Atifete Jahjaga.

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