Interviews focus on building safe and inclusive cities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

June 17, 2015
Safe and Inclusive Cities
This In Conversation video series is a collection of short interviews with IDRC research partners working to build safe and inclusive cities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It focuses on three important questions and offers insights from 15 IDRC-supported research teams.

Funded through the Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative, these interviews bring to light the range of development research carried out by our grantees in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. 

What makes a city safe and inclusive?

In this short video, we asked Safe and Inclusive Cities researchers what they think makes a city “safe and inclusive.” Their answers touch on a range of issues, from the differences between men and women’s experiences of safety, to inclusive planning processes, to the ability to move about the city freely.

It is a city where all people can calmly co-exist, confident of being able to walk anywhere in the city at any time, day or night, without fear,” says Sylvain Shomba Kinyamba, a researcher studying urban violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo with his colleague, Donatien Olela.

“It is a city where people have the opportunity to fulfill their potential,” he says. 

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Researchers Sylvain Shomba Kinyamba (left) and Donatien Olela. 

What causes urban violence?

What are the leading causes of urban violence? We asked researchers to tell us about the underlying factors fuelling violence in cities. Their answers range from inequalities and social exclusion, to lack of access to basic public services, to a city’s institutional structure — that is, the standards that govern urban life and relationships among people.

Alice Taylor and Teresa Maneca Lima, two researchers exploring the role of gender norms and male identities in Brazil and Mozambique, say there are many interrelated causes.

“What we’re looking to do is examine some of the lesser-examined causes,” says Taylor. “We’re looking at what factors influence non-violent trajectories or pathways of violence in urban settings.” 

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​Researchers Alice Taylor (left) and Teresa Maneca Lima. 

How can research help make cities safer?

We asked researchers supported by Safe and Inclusive Cities how research can help make cities safer.

“Research is a mechanism of showing the society what it looks like. It is a mirror to the society that this is what is going on in the cities that one lives in,” responded researcher Darshini Mahadevia. Together with colleague Preet Rustagi, she is studying how urban planning interventions can reduce violence in Indian cities.

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Researchers Preet Rustagi (left) and Darshini Mahadevia.

Find out more about how IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development are supporting researcher​s to build safe and inclusive citiessafe and inclusive cities.

Watch all the videos in this series

Browse IDRC’s In Conversation playlist for other interviews