IDRC - Safe and Inclusive Cities

Safe and Inclusive Cities

Safe and Inclusive Cities is a global research initiative documenting the links between urban violence, poverty, and inequality.

Jointly funded by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development, the program supports experts from around the world to determine approaches that will successfully prevent violence in urban centres.

Social exclusion, poor economic opportunities, restrictive gender roles, and lack of access to basic services for certain groups are some of the main factors driving violence in many of the world’s urban centres. Since 2012, 15 research teams in 16 countries have been working in more than 40 cities across Latin America, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa to test the effectiveness of urban violence reduction theories, strategies, and interventions. They have also researched key knowledge gaps in the links between urban violence, inequalities, and poverty.

With youth accounting for more than half the world’s population, Safe and Inclusive Cities research shows how the marginalization and exclusion of young men and women in rapidly urbanizing cities of the developing world feeds violence and crime. Global research results identify solutions that policymakers and practitioners can use to make their cities safer and more inclusive, effecting change on urban policy, practice, and research.


Research can make cities safer

A public employment program is helping to reduce violence in South Africa. New understandings of how bonds among community members help prevent – or can create – violence. Evidence shows how youth in West Africa end up in gangs. Read our impact stories to find out how research is making cities safer.

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