Safe and Inclusive Cities / Villes sûres et inclusives

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Safe and Inclusive Cities

Jointly funded by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development, the program supports experts from around the world to determine approaches that will successfully prevent violence in urban centres.

Social exclusion, poor economic opportunities, restrictive gender roles, and lack of access to basic services for certain groups are some of the main factors driving violence in many of the world’s urban centres. Since 2012, 15 research teams in 16 countries have been working in more than 40 cities across Latin America, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa to test the effectiveness of urban violence reduction theories, strategies, and interventions. They have also researched key knowledge gaps in the links between urban violence, inequalities, and poverty.

With youth accounting for more than half the world’s population, Safe and Inclusive Cities research shows how the marginalization and exclusion of young men and women in rapidly urbanizing cities of the developing world feeds violence and crime. Global research results identify solutions that policymakers and practitioners can use to make their cities safer and more inclusive, effecting change on urban policy, practice, and research.

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Villes sûres et inclusives

Financée conjointement par le Centre de recherches pour le développement international et le Department for International Development du Royaume­Uni, cette initiative réunit des experts de partout dans le monde afin de déterminer des approches qui permettront de réduire la violence dans les centres urbains.

L’exclusion sociale, le manque de perspectives économiques, les rôles traditionnels restrictifs et le manque d’accès aux services de base pour certains groupes font partie des principaux facteurs expliquant la violence dans de nombreux centres urbains du monde. Depuis 2012, 15 équipes de recherche dans 16 pays travaillent dans plus de 40 villes de l’Amérique latine, de l’Asie du Sud et de l’Afrique du Sud du Sahara pour vérifier l’efficacité des théories, des stratégies et des interventions en matière de réduction de la violence en milieu urbain. Elles ont aussi étudié les principales lacunes sur le plan des connaissances des liens entre la violence, la pauvreté et les inégalités en milieu urbain.

Comme les jeunes représentent plus de la moitié de la population mondiale, l’initiative Villes sûres et inclusives vise à étudier comment la marginalisation et l’exclusion des jeunes hommes et des jeunes femmes dans les villes des pays en développement qui connaissent une urbanisation rapide alimentent la violence et la criminalité. Les résultats de recherches à l’échelle mondiale font état de solutions auxquelles les responsables des politiques et les praticiens peuvent recourir pour rendre les villes plus sûres et plus inclusives, en apportant des changements à la politique, à la pratique et à la recherche liées au milieu urbain.

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Recent Submissions

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    SAIC Final Technical Report : SurveyMonkey
    (2016-04-20) Barolsky, Vanessa
    The dimensions of social cohesion may be profoundly different in the global south. This Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) policy brief reports on a survey of findings in Khayelitsha (South Africa). In South Africa the most basic legitimacy of state institutions is at stake. Participation may involve immediate defence of life; a sense of national or even local belonging remains intensely problematic, and social inequality is so pervasive that trust is deeply undermined. The research attempts to understand the way in which solidarity is imagined by social actors in terms of shared “webs of significance” or perceptions of “reality” that make social relationships possible.
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    SAIC final technical report : summary and tables
    (2016-12-06) Barolsky, Vanessa
    This detailed report provides an update on the progress of research. Qualitative studies were carried out in Brazil and South Africa, investigating the spatial distribution of violence, poverty and inequality in order to better understand the structural context of social cohesion. The analysis yielded important new understandings: even when interventions significantly improve violence, they can at the same time have a negative effect on social cohesion. This in turn affects long term sustainability and ownership by communities. Analysis includes the relationship between inequality, poverty and homicide down to the municipal level, using the most recent homicide data.
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    SAIC final technical report : summary and tables : crime and poverty nexus in urban Ghana
    (2016-03) Owusu, George; Owusu, Adobea Yaa; Oteng-Ababio, Martin; Wrigley-Asante, Charlotte
    This report provides a narrative summary along with tables of publication, conference presentations and other outputs. In contradiction to mainstream criminology literature, data suggests low-class and poor neighbourhoods are less prone to crime and safer than middle-class neighbourhoods. The relative safety of upper-class neighbourhoods was attributed to extensive target-hardening of homes, and higher presence of both state and private security agencies in these neighbourhoods compared to low-class and middle-class neighbourhoods. The study has significant implications for crime mapping and law enforcement interventions as well as overall efforts of the state in crime prevention.
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    Annex 1-6 : SAIC mid-term evaluation
    (2016-09) Wheeler, Joanna
    This annex summarises methods used in the mid-term evaluation process. Methods were diverse in order to develop a multi-dimensional understanding of the Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) program. The analysis process triangulated between different perspectives and data sources to support recommendations. Based on gaps and inconsistencies identified in the document review process, interview schedules were designed specific to each respondent, based on their role and engagement with the program. Policy relevant outputs are provided along with survey results.
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    SAIC final technical report : SurveyMonkey
    (2016-12) Taylor, Alice
    The report features findings in relation to “Understanding non-violent male identities for safe and inclusive cities.” Urban violence and criminality are intertwined with gender identities, sexuality and violence. Young men, disempowered by unemployment and poverty, seek ways to affirm their male identities. Findings showed the main drivers of joining criminal activities was to have access to girls and women, to impress women, and to compete with men. Young men seek older women who have a house and family, to reach the status of socially recognized manhood. The impact of trauma on gender identity construction is the strongest factor to predict use of violence at all levels of society: individual, family and community. The research indicates some clear suggestions for policy change.