Community Based Crime Prevention in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most violent countries in the world. Guatemalans of every age, class and ethnicity confront violence daily in every part of the national territory. According to statistics kept by the police and the human rights ombudsman, Guatemala registered 3 366 murders during the first half of 2011. Despite efforts to reform the judicial and security sectors, violence continues to grow and impunity to run rampant.
This project is based on the premise that state institutions must be strengthened and civil society involved in attempts to address violence and lower the crime rate. Researchers will endeavour to strengthen crime prevention mechanisms in the indigenous communities of San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz, department of Alta Verapaz, and develop a model for crime prevention in other municipalities in Guatemala.

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Project status


Start Date

Friday, August 24, 2012

End Date

Friday, November 14, 2014


24 months

IDRC Officer

Gottsbacher, Markus

Total funding

CA$ 308,600



Project Leader

Helen Mack Chang


Fundación Myrna Mack

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