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Safe and Inclusive Cities

Reducing urban violence, poverty, and inequalities

World Bank/S. Wallace 

Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) is a global research program that documents the links between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities. Jointly funded by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the program supports experts from around the world to find out what works — and what doesn’t — to reduce violence in urban centres. 

Fifteen research teams have been awarded multi-year grants of up to CA$500,000 each to undertake research in 40 cities across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Together they will identify key knowledge gaps; test the effectiveness of urban violence reduction theories, strategies, and interventions; and propose comprehensive solutions to urban violence, inequalities, and poverty based on rigorous data collection and analysis.

Learn more about SAIC's research focus

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SAIC projects 

In Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township, researchers will examine whether improving urban environments and public spaces can help reduce the city’s high rates of homicide and other violence. In urban Pakistan, experts will focus on how traditional views of gender roles shape violence among youth in working-class neighbourhoods of Karachi (one of the world’s fastest-growing and most violent cities), Rawalpindi, and Islamabad. In Rio de Janeiro, Durban, and Mumbai, researchers will look at how poor urban planning may contribute to forced evictions and mass relocations. These involuntary moves can, in turn, lead to violence in the form of protests, riots, looting, sexual violence, and criminal acts aimed at securing access to services and spaces.

Read more about each project below.

Encontrará en las páginas de proyecto siguientes un perfil de proyecto descargable en español (en PDF)

A damaged door secured by a padlock and link chain inside a slum building in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa

Assessing the impact of state-community collaboration to address urban violence in South Africa

Exploring the crime and poverty nexus in urban Ghana

The nature and perpetrators of urban violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Phenomenology of criminal violence and challenges for local urban governance in Côte d'Ivoire

Unearthing exclusions: Towards more inclusive Zimbabwean cities

Urban upgrading for violence prevention in South Africa: Does it work?

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South Asia

Involuntary resettlement: A cross-country study on urban inequality and poverty

Poverty, inequality, and violence in urban India: Towards more inclusive urban planning

Gender and violence in urban Pakistan

World Bank/S. Wallace
Latin America and the Caribbean

Exclusion, violence, and community responses in Central American cities

Institutions for safe and inclusive cities in Venezuela

Violence in three Latin American cities: A comparative study between Bogota, Lima, and Santiago

Tom McKelvey

People, places and infrastructure: Countering urban violence and promoting justice in Mumbai, Rio, and Durban

Social cohesion: The missing link in overcoming violence and inequality?

Understanding non-violent male identities for safe and inclusive cities

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