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Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America
April 25, 2019
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Author: International Crisis Group Publication Date: April 2017 Summary: This report is based on dozens of interviews with officials and experts in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, including with security agents, prosecutors, donors, academics, activists and community dwellers in marginal neighbourhoods of San Salvador, Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. Born in the aftermath of […]

The Positive Effects of the Cure Violence Model for Families and Children
April 25, 2019
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Author: Cure Violence Publication Date: October 2015 Summary: The Cure Violence Model is an evidence-based, epidemic reversal approach to reducing violence that applies the same techniques used to stop other epidemics such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Community health workers are hired from the community and chosen for their access and credibility among the highest risk population. […]

Gangs, violence and the role of women and girls
April 25, 2019
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Author: The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime Publication Date: March 2017 Summary: The focus of this Policy Note is specifically on the role of women and girls in gangs as an opportunity to examine whether a more “gendered” response to the phenomenon of gangsterism could have success. The case study for the research was the gangs […]

Street Gangs and Violent Extremist Organizations: learning across fields
April 25, 2019
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Author: Management Systems International Publication Date: September 2016 Summary: This paper identifies applicable lessons and programming recommendations that can be translated from street gang prevention to preventing or countering violent extremism (CVE). Understanding where street gang and VEO characteristics converge and diverge is important in order to apply learning cogently from one field to the other. As the […]

Organized Crime and its Role in Contemporary Conflict
March 26, 2019
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Author: The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime Publication Date: September 2018 Summary: This brief aims to contribute to the basis of evidence for ongoing debates over the complex connections between criminal markets and conflict actors, organized-criminal groups and their use of violence in conflict settings. It presents a thorough analysis of the content of the UN Security […]

Crime and Conflict: The New Challenge for Peacebuilding

Author: International Alert Publication Date: July 2014 Summary: This report is offered as a contribution to the growing effort to understand the nexus between organised crime, armed violence and fragility, and to design effective responses. At the heart of the document is the hypothesis that an application of the approaches and overall lens of peacebuilding can enrich broader […]

Organized Crime, Conflict and Fragility: A New Approach
March 26, 2019
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Author: International Peace Institute Publication Date: July 2012 Summary: Transnational organized crime (TOC) is a global challenge posing serious threats to our collective peace and security. But in conflict-affected and fragile states the threats of transnational organized crime present particular and insidious challenges requiring new and innovative responses. Not only does TOC undermine the strength of the state, […]

The Crime-Development Paradox
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March 5, 2019
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Author: Enact: Enhancing Africa’s Response to Transnational Organised Crime Publication Date: February 2018 Summary: This report, which is intended for national and multi-lateral policymakers, as well as development practitioners more broadly, should be viewed as a broad-scope reference work on the impact of organised crime, examines each of these phenomena in turn. In all five priorities of the […]

Protecting Politics: Deterring the Influence of Organized Crime on Local Democracy

Author: The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime Publication Date: September 2016 Summary: In 2015 the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime joined forces with International IDEA to explore how organized crime becomes an engine for political corruption at the local level. It examined the situations in three countries in detail: Afghanistan, Colombia and Niger. These case studies […]

Countering Violent Extremism: The Application of Risk Assessment Tools in the Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation Process
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November 30, 2018
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Author: RTI International Publication Date: February 2018 Summary: This literature review begins by providing an overview of the history of risk assessment as a science and introduces key terms and theories. The following section introduces risk assessment tools specifically developed for use with individuals vulnerable to engaging in violent extremism, or offenders at risk of recidivating […]

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