By Robert Muggah, Director of the Igarapé Institute, and Nathalie Alvarado, Coordinator for Citizen Security programs at the IDB Epidemic levels of crime and violence constitute a major challenge for the economic and social development of cities in Latin America and Central and Southern Africa. Notwithstanding rapid economic growth and political and social transformations … [Read more...] about Time for cities in Latin America and Africa to connect on citizen security
By Robert Muggah This post is also available in Spanish Faced with epidemic rates of violence, Latin American and Caribbean countries are expanding their investment in security and development cooperation. Many are doing so under the rubric of “citizen security”. Citizen security implies a commitment to responsible statehood and proactive citizenship in achieving public … [Read more...] about How citizen security is changing in Latin America and the Caribbean
By Chris Sabatini The development community has long assumed a relationship between levels of socioeconomic development and security. When we look at the broader concept of social inclusion, that relationship also holds true. Richer countries tend to also be more socially inclusive -- and less violent. But in Latin America, there are some inconsistencies between countries … [Read more...] about Why are more developed countries in Latin America also so violent?
By David Weisburd Perhaps more than any other part of the criminal justice system, evidence based policy has taken hold in policing, and the police are looking to researchers to help them define what policies and practices they should adopt. A central area of evidence about what the police should do has come from studies of crime hot spots. What is the evidence? A … [Read more...] about Lessons from New York and Tel Aviv: policing hotspots