CICERO – Counternarrative Campaign for Preventing Radicalisation

18 June 2019

The European Foundation for Democracy has been awarded the project CICERO – Counter narrative Campaign for Preventing Radicalisation, coordinated by the University of Turin and funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund.

The project Consortium is composed by:

– University of Turin (UNITO)
– Centro Studi Internazionali (Ce.S.I.)
– Zanasi & Partners (Z&P)
– Novareckon (NR)
– Society Against Violent Extremism (SAVE)
– Tecoms Srl (TEC)
– European Foundation for Democracy (EFD)
– Confederazione Islamica Italiana (CII)
– Expert System Iberia (ESi)
– Inoftron Europa SL (IE)

Launched in February 2019, the CICERO project has a duration of two years, until February 2021. The project will deal with different forms of radicalisation narratives, ranging from those related to politico-religious extremism, to left-wingright-wing and single-issue extremism. The aim is to undermine the appeal of the extremist propaganda, while also providing credible and positive alternatives to the related narratives.

The project web page is:

The CICERO consortium will initially identify the target audiences that are considered particularly susceptible to extremist propaganda. The most prominent radicalisation narratives circulating across the EU will be collected and analysed.  In order to maximise the effectiveness of the CICERO campaign, the Consortium will develop and implement a multi-level assessment methodology, which will allow to monitor and progressively assess the impact of the campaign on the target recipients.

The overall objective is to design and to develop a campaign spreading of counter-narrative messages to address individuals at different stages of the radicalisation as well as to empower civil society in the prevention of violent radicalisation by enhancing resilience and critical thinking.

The campaign will rely on both online and offline communication channels to disseminate a wide range of newly developed multimedia contents. These multimedia messages will be designed to challenge violent narratives and to provide positive alternatives.


This project was funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund —Police under GA N° 812613