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Webinar 27: Social Cohesion Strategies for Building Community Resilience to Conflict in Eastern DRC
March 10, 2020

Webinar Date and Time: Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  Click here to view the webinar recording.  Webinar Description: Jean Baptiste Nimubona, Chief of Party of USAID’s Solutions for Peace and Recovery (SPR) Project in eastern DRC and Jerome Hansen, Technical Director at Management Systems International will provide an overview of the SPR Project that aims to […]

Webinar 26: Transnational Organized Crime – Is it About Mafias or Markets?
May 28, 2019

Webinar Date and Time: Wednesday, June 12. Click here to view the webinar recording. (*Due to sensitivities, Riikka Puttonen’s presentation had to be removed) Webinar Description: The webinar explored transnational organized crime from a global, United Nations perspective. Riikka Puttonen and Ted Leggett from the United Nations Office on Drugs (UNODC) discussed the United Nations Organized Crime […]

Webinar 25: Cure Violence Health Approach to Violence Prevention

Webinar Date: Wednesday, May 15th at 11:00 EST. Click here to view the recording. Webinar Description: For more than 15 years, Cure Violence has successfully worked to reduce violence in some of the most violent communities in the United States and around the world, advancing a new health paradigm on violence and a scientific approach to […]

Webinar 24: Crime, Violence and Conflict
March 26, 2019

Webinar Date: Wednesday, April 10th at 2:00 EST. Click here to view the webinar recording. Webinar Description: The webinar provided an overview of how emerging issues of crime and violence relate to and can inform the broader field of conflict, peace and security. Presenters discussed USAID’s current strategic thinking on these overlapping, but sometimes distinct […]

Webinar 23: Gangs, Mafias, Election Violence, and Development: Why Countries Get Caught in A Savage Order
March 5, 2019

Webinar Date: Wednesday, March 20 at 2:00 EST. Click here to view the recording. Click here to access the presentation. Webinar Description: The most violent countries in the world are not at war, but are highly unequal, highly polarized democracies. Why are these places so violent – and how can they recover? Based on field research on […]

An Empirical Analysis of Organized Crime, Corruption and Economic Growth

Author: Keith Blackburn; Kyriakos C. Neanidis; Maria Paola Rana Publication Date: June 2017 Summary: In a companion study, Blackburn et al. (Econ Theory Bull, 2017), developed a theoretical framework for studying interactions between organized crime and corruption, with the view of examining the combined effects of these phenomena on economic growth. The analysis therein illustrates that organized […]

Webinar 22: Assessing Violent Extremism
November 30, 2018

Webinar Date: Wednesday, December 12. Click here to view the recording. Webinar Description: Over the past decade, donors have commissioned scores of assessments to guide countering violent extremism (CVE) strategy and programming. The assessments have followed a number of guides and frameworks, employed different research methods, and included both desk studies and field-based research. From this […]

Countering Violent Extremism: The Application of Risk Assessment Tools in the Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation Process
November 30, 2018

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 […]

Improving the Impact of Preventing Violent Extremism Programming – A Toolkit for Design, Monitoring and Evaluation
November 30, 2018

Author: International Alert, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Publication Date: 2018 Summary: In 2016, the UN Secretary-General put forward a Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (PVE),4 which laid out the global recognition and imperative to address violent extremism. Based on this, UNDP developed a global framework for PVE which highlights that prevention needs to look […]

Borrowing a Wheel: Applying Existing Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Strategies to Emerging Programming Approaches to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism
November 29, 2018

Author: CDA Collabortive Learning Projects, Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium Publication Date: March 2017 Summary: This paper explores key methodological challenges associated with the design, monitoring and evaluation of preventing and countering violent extremism programming, and discusses the applicability of solutions from the fields of peacebuilding and development. The paper draws on the latest developments in the field, […]

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