As part of the initiative “CEE Prevent Net”, CSD joined an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners, which investigated advocacy and communication strategies for advancing prevention in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The team reviewed existing strategies and good practices, conducted field work and interviewed about 150 governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in youth affairs and prevention from different professions and ends of the political spectrum. Their final report offers strategies and recommendations for practitioners and civil society to engage in political advocacy to prevent intolerance, discrimination and group hatred of youth. In particular, these recommendations focus on the possibilities for advocacy under unfavorable conditions in contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, such as growing levels of group hatred and right-wing extremism, shrinking civic space or the erosion of human rights standards, media independence and the rule of law, which pose a serious threat to peaceful and democratic societies in the region.
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