Citizen-based Strategies to Improve Community Security: Working with Vulnerable Populations to Address Urban Violence in Medellin

This project aims to understand the security situation faced by vulnerable populations in the violence-affected communities in the city of Medellín, Colombia, from the perspective of those living with it. Working with members of the community, researchers will identify the main factors affecting security in three urban communities; analyze the impact of existing policies and institutional initiatives (2008-2013) and how they are perceived by vulnerable groups; document citizen-based initiatives to resist insecurity; identify the way communities respond to state impunity and the inefficiency of justice; and strengthen the capacity of civil society to influence the public debate on security and formulate strategies for improving the security of vulnerable populations living in contexts of urban violence.

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Start Date

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

End Date

Friday, January 31, 2014


24 months

IDRC Officer

Gottsbacher, Markus

Total funding

CA$ 334,700


Colombia, South America, North and Central America


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Heidy Cristina Gomez Ramirez


Universidad de Antioquia

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