New book challenges assumptions on urban violence in developing countries

June 26, 2019

A new volume published by IDRC and Routledge explores what works and what doesn't to prevent and reduce violence in urban centres. Contributors draw on findings from 15 ambitious research projects from Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC), a five-year initiative supported by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development.

A favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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This Brazilian favela is home to more than 10,000 people. As cities expand, locally driven approaches are key to safe and inclusive communities.

Reducing Urban Violence in the Global South: Towards Safe and Inclusive Cities seeks to identify the drivers of urban violence and how they relate and interact with poverty and inequalities.

This second and final volume resulting from SAIC research focuses on practice. The first volume, Social Theories of Urban Violence in the Global South: Towards Safe and Inclusive Cities, sought to fill a theoretical and conceptual gap in the current literature on urban violence, which all but ignores contributions made in the Global South.

Based on the findings of researchers who live and work in the countries studied, the volume tackles the challenges of unprecedented urbanization. More than half of the world’s population is now urban, and future expansion is expected to be highly concentrated in cities of the Global South. Despite this, assumptions stemming from the Global North tend to guide efforts to address the inequalities and violence that can accompany urbanization. This book confronts the universality of these assumptions while demonstrating the importance of novel research methods and policy responses that are locally driven and locally grounded. Such innovative methods offer fresh insights into the kinds of interventions that can foster safer and more inclusive cities in the Global South.

Edited by Jennifer Erin Salahub, Markus Gottsbacher, John de Boer, and Mayssam D. Zaaroura, the perspectives presented in this book will assist scholars and students of development and urban violence as well as practitioners and policymakers working on programs to reduce urban violence.

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