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How can we make cities safer?
IDRC Panel Discussion
and Live Webcast

13/09/2013, IDRC, W. David Hopper Room, 150 Kent Street, 8th floor, Ottawa, ON


The speed and scale of global urbanization are staggering.

More than half of the world’s population — around 3.4 billion people — now lives in cities. In 1950, 80 urban centres had populations exceeding 1 million; today there are 480 such centres that grow weekly by a million infants and migrants. And although globalization connects cities and people with the possibility of better access to jobs, goods, and services, many of the world’s fastest growing cities are experiencing a sharp escalation in violence.

IDRC is pleased to invite you to a panel presentation by international researchers who will share insights from local interventions to create safer and more equitable urban environments in Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.

When: Friday, September 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: IDRC, W. David Hopper Room, 150 Kent Street, 8th floor, Ottawa, ON

  • Professor Sylvain Shomba Kinyamba, Professor and Chair of Methodology, Epistemology and Scientific Research, University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dr Preet Rustagi, Professor and Joint Director, Institute for Human Development, India
  • Professor Ignacio Cano, Associate Professor in Research Methodology, Department of Social Sciences, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Doug Saunders, International-Affairs Columnist and Online Opinion Editor of The Globe and Mail will moderate the discussion. He is the author of Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World, in which he argues that unprecedented urbanization will reshape cities and reconfigure economies around the world.

This event is free but seating is limited so please register.

French and English simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Read the panelists' biographies.

Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) is a global research program that aims to document the links between urban violence, poverty, and inequality. Jointly funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), SAIC is working with experts from around the world to identify what works — and what doesn’t — to reduce violence in urban centres.

Can't be there in person? Join the live webcast at (at 10:00 a.m., Ottawa time). Questions may be submitted during the talk and will be answered as time permits. There is no need to register to join the webcast.

To ensure you will not have any problems connecting to the live webcast, we highly recommend that you visit the as soon as possible so that we can address any issues prior to the event.

Information: 613-696-2101

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