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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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'Educate refugee children, or they fall prey to more violence'

posted on 21 Nov 2017 news

ABU DHABI | KHALEEJ TIMES | Funding education is one of the biggest challenges in humanitarian aid work, with only 3.6 per cent of the aid budget currently allocated to putting children in schools, UN's Chief of Humanitarian aid work, has said.

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News & Activities

Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in the Middle East & North Africa: A How-To Guide

11 Dec 2017 Activity

On 11 December 2017, Hedayah launched a recent publication titled “Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in the Middle East and North Africa: A How-To Guide” that serves to enhance Hedayah's Counter-Narrative Library.

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UAE celebrates International Human Rights Day

09 Dec 2017 news

ABU DHABI | GULF NEWS | This year marks the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, when in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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