Tackling radicalization and extremism through online tools – Launching ALERT, ARENA and the Training Yard

CHAMPIONs is launching new online tools to support practitioners who work in the field of preventing and countering violent extremism. The online tools are embedded in the FirstLinePractitioners.com website which functions as a knowledge hub and networking platform for teachers, social workers, NGOs, researchers and local governments. Learn more information here.


How to design and carry out Social Labs in the context of analyzing and preventing extremism?

We are thrilled to introduce Social Labs, an innovative holistic approach to co-create findings, tools and solutions toward the analysis and intervention in the field of extremism, polarization and radicalization. Within the framework of the PARTICIPATION project, Social Labs are central spaces for the analysis of existing experiences and the formulation of future actions and activities to promote the uptake of social inclusion as a key factor to address radicalization. Learn more about it here.


Public Exhibition “Parteneriate Clujene”, June 1-15, Central Park of Cluj-Napoca

Between June 1-15, 2021, PATRIR, in collaboration with the partners of the Cluj Round Tables, would like to invite you to visit Expoziția publică „Parteneriate Clujene, in Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park in Cluj-Napoca, on the secondary alley next to the University of Art and Design building. The exhibition uses a collaborative approach that brings together the efforts of several partners gathered during the Cluj Round Tables of the European project CHAMPIONs.
Going through the exhibition, you can read about their experiences in working with young people, individually or institutionally. You can find out about cases in which their intervention has influenced borderline situations among the beneficiaries and about future professional plans. The partners also share thoughts about their vision of increasing trust in the institutional environment, and lessons learned from ongoing projects. The exhibition is in Romanian.

Join the 16 days campaign of activism against gender-based violence

PATRIR would like to invite organizationsinstitutions and companies from Cluj to join the “16 days campaign of activism against gender-based violence“. The campaign is a strong global commitment inspired by womenmengirls, boys, companies, civic organizations, public institutions, media partnershuman rights activists, academia, and more – working together to increase awareness-raising in society and globally, in order to make practical changes to overcome and end all forms of gender-based violence. The campaign also encourages the participation of women and girls in all categories of societyThis is an initiative based on inclusion and collaborationco-developed by key actors in Cluj-Napoca, but also nationally.

You can learn more about how to get involved here: English | Romanian.

Cluj Collaboration Magazine: April – May Edition

Each month, “Cluj Collaboration” brings you information about events in Cluj, Europe and around the world, as well as updates on future events, their reports and news about current projects, courses and conferences that may be of interest. This edition also contains two interviews with our partners! The magazine can be widely distributed – including to colleagues and partners – and is intended to help improve the exchange of information. We hope that this newsletter will be of interest and that you will enjoy reading it! You can read the 5th edition by accessing this link.

#EUPrevent – European Conference on Preventing Polarization & Violent Radicalization: Strengthening Resilience, Fostering Innovation, Consolidating Lessons & Pioneering New Frontiers

Between 26-29 April 2021, specialists from across Europe on issues such as social polarisation, extremism and radicalisation, met at the European Conference on Preventing Polarization & Violent Radicalization: Strengthening Resilience, Fostering Innovation, Consolidating Lessons & Pioneering New Frontiers. The event was co-organized by six European Commission-funded projects ending in 2021: Rhizome against PolarizationCHAMPIONsYoungResWayOutARMOUR and BRIDGE.

PATRIR and the CHAMPIONs project were represented in several sessions, especially focusing on initiatives in Cluj on youth well-being, inclusive education and equal opportunities as pilot projects to prevent social polarization and extremism. The ALERT / ARENA platform was also presented as a sustainable option for locating and reacting to cases of urban extremism in Romania, Hungary, Poland and Germany. You can learn more about the outcomes of the event here.

Cluj Forum 2021 | 18 – 19 May 2021

Between May 18-19, 2021, PATRIR, in partnership with over 15 non-governmental institutions and organizations, organises “Cluj Forum 2021”, a platform for debate on experiences and perspectives, successful initiatives and good practices for issues community of young people in Cluj. The event will take place online for two days, and aims to create a context that brings together the most relevant social actors in the field of inclusive education and youth well-being, through workshops for beneficiaries, discussions with the public and presentations. The main language of the event is Romanian, but there are also sessions in English.

You can register and learn more about the event on this page. You can also visit the Facebook Event.

Shaping the Future of Europe: Youth Summit Event | 13th of May 2021

PATRIR would like to invite you to the “Shaping the Future of Europe: Youth Summit” event that will take place on the 13th of May 2021.  Shaping the Future of Europe is an online Youth Summit bringing together youth, youth organisations and organisations working with youth from across Europe and around the world. The Youth Summit will provide a platform for youth organisations and youth engaging across the continent to shape the future of Europe and bring forward their voices and their solutions on the most significant challenges facing us in Europe and in the world today. The Summit will be highly interactive, dynamic and engaging – with presentations, interactive sessions, and hearing from some of the most dedicated and inspiring youth working in their communities, nationally and internationally. The event is organised as part of the Shaping the Future of Europe Initiative of the Do One Brave Thing project.

You can register and learn more about the event on its official website.

“The Other Side of the Story: Perpetrators in Change” Project

One of our main partners in Cluj, The Social and Medical Services Directorate (DASM), is currently implementing a European project together with the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family – APHVF, Cyprus, as Coordinator, and its partners, Bournemouth University (BU)- United Kingdom, Centro di Ascolto Uomini Maltrattanti Onlus- CAM, Italy, The Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture (UWAH), Greece, and European Knowledge Spot, Greece. The project is co-funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).

The aim of the OSSPC project is to prevent further domestic violence and change violent behavioral patterns by increasing the capacity of frontline workers that will further teach perpetrators of domestic violence to adopt non-violent behavior in interpersonal relationships and understand the impact of domestic violence on them, family and community.

You can learn more about it by reading these documents: Press Release 1 | Press Release 2 | Newsletter 1 | Newsletter 2

Redirect 3.5% of income tax and contribute to our work!

Every year, PATRIR, through its projects, strives to promote and strengthen democracy, to increase the well-being of communities, to promote gender equality, opportunities, security and innovation, but also initiate initiatives against radicalization, extremism and hatred, both at the level of locally as well as internationally. Contribute to this change, helping to fulfil our mission, by redirecting the 3.5% of income tax! You can find out more about the steps to follow here.

STIRE – Supporting the Integration of the Resettled
Activity Report

The overall objective of STIRE is to foster the resettlement process by contributing to the social and cultural support (prior to departure and after the arrival) of the resettled, by facilitating capacity building activities in the receiving communities and by enhancing cooperation and partnership between resettled and host communities in Austria, Croatia, Italy, Ireland, Romania and Slovenia. The report of the project is now available online. This report is summarising the activities and events hosted in the second year of STIRE implementation, mainly between January 2020 – January 2021. This report is summarising the activities and events hosted in the second year of STIRE implementation, mainly between January 2020 – January 2021. 

You can find the report here.

Dearest Friends and Colleagues Around the World,

2021 is upon us. We begin it with energy, inspiration and dedication.

Our world today is facing many challenges – armed conflicts, demagoguery, challenges to good governance, the global environmental crisis, attacks on the rights of women, rising extremism, fake news and hate and much more. Read here our commitment for 2021!

#16stories initiative

#16Stories Initiative – 16 Days Women Empower Cluj Campaign

This year, PATRIR, in collaboration with more than 40 institutions, organisations and companies, organised several activities as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence International campaign, that took place from the 25th of November until 10th of December. One of the initiatives as part of the campaign is the #16stories by Women Empower Forum 2020. The initiative brings together stories of determined women across Romania that are empowering all of us to contribute to the elimination of violence against women and the promotion of women’s rights. You can find all the stories here!


We joined the Cluj Education Cluster!

We are very proud to be a member of the Cluj Education Cluster, together with the City Hall of Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania College, the Cluj School Inspectorate and more. Cluj has always been about collaboration, inclusion, and coming together to do better together. For this reason, a superb initiative bringing together educational actors in Cluj was created in order to work to improve education for all children and youth – and hopefully through to adult education as well. Find out more information about it here.


Looking for the most interesting training providers, courses or trainers on Conflict Prevention and Peace Building? 

PATRIR was a partner in this project. Have a look at the website peacetraining.eu.

Peacebuilding Interview: Kai Brand-Jacobsen

Peace Magazine Editor Metta Spencer interviews PATRIR Director of the Department of Peace Operations Kai Brand-Jacobsen on ‘peacebuilding‘. Over the course of an hour this wide-ranging interview covers the critical need for peacebuilding in the world today, ways in which peacebuilding can be done on the ground, experiences in north East Nigeria and the work of organisations like Search for Common Ground, the situation in Venezuela and much more. It is a tour de force from one of the leading trainers, practitioners and scholars in the field – an introduction to peacebuilding and overview of critical issues that should be shared and seen widely. As the interview continues it becomes more and more powerful and inspiring.

Click here to watch the interview



The Department of Peace Operations works upon request from conflict parties and local, national and international organisations and agencies to support violence prevention, peacebuilding, mediation, and post-war recovery. DPO experts include practitioners, analysts, diplomats, and others.


The International Peace & Development Training Center is one of the world’s leading providers of training, capacity building and professional development support for practitioners, governments, UN and local, national and international organisations working in peacebuilding, prevention, and post-war peace consolidation.


The National Peace Department works for a world in which young people share their belief that their attitudes and behaviors are decisive in resolving conflicts and waging peace, a world in which they can and do act upon that belief with the beauty, creativity and enthusiasm specific to their age.


“As a professional development practitioner I had taken many courses on Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programmes/Projects. The training on Developing Strategic Tools for Measuring Impact and Effectiveness of Peacebuilding Projects and Interventions has broadened my knowledge and understanding of the tools and skills for systematic and structured ways for measuring Impact and Effectives of Pecebuilding Projects and Interventions. The training is very important and timely given to equip Civil Affairs Field Staff on Monitoring and Evaluation concepts, tools and processes.”

Solomon Woldemichael
Civil Affairs Officer, Unites Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

“…PATRIR is […] an example of going global from the local level. Based in the university town of Cluj in Transilvania, a multicultural setting in central Romania, in the past 10 years PATRIR has crossed boundaries and borders both geographically and mentally. The results and outcomes of its endeavors have been visible throughout the globe from Sudan, to Cyprus, to Kosovo and Northern Ireland to name a few.”

Dr. Oana Cristina Popa
Former ambassador of Romania to Croatia

“I will not hesitate to unreservedly recommend this program [Systemic Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation & Post-War Recovery, and Reconciliation (PCTR)] for all actors in the pecebuilding field. I dare say that without it you stand the risk of missing the mark, with it your chance of success in your endeavours are quite significantly enhanced!”

Paul Ebikwo
Civil Affairs Officer, UNAMID, Sudan


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