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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 […]

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 […]

Shared Security, Shared Elections: Best practices for the prevention of electoral violence
April 24, 2019
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Author: American Friends Service Committee Publication Date: July 2018 Summary: What are the major causes of electoral violence? What have proven to be the most effective means of preventing such violence? With several recent notable cases of violent elections, understanding the dynamics around electoral violence has become increasingly important in improving the quality of democracy around […]

Protecting Politics: Deterring the Influence of Organized Crime on Elections
April 24, 2019
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Author: International IDEA, Clingendael Publication Date: September 2016 Summary: Elections are essential elements of democratic systems. Unfortunately, abuse and manipulation (including voter intimidation, vote buying or ballot stuffing) can distort these processes. However, little attention has been paid to an intrinsic part of this threat: the conditions and opportunities for criminal interference in the electoral process. […]

Webinar 24: Crime, Violence and Conflict
March 26, 2019
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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 […]

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 […]

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