Ibero-American Network of Data Analysis on Crime and Citizen Security (RIADD)

Latin America is considered to be the most violent region in the world. According to the 2011 Global Burden of Armed Violence Report, six of the top ten most violent countries in the world are in the region. Accordingly, insecurity and violence are central concerns for virtually all Latin American governments and citizens. Developing and implementing policies and practices that improve security, particularly for the most vulnerable citizens, is an urgent priority in the region. To date, however, Latin America has lacked a comprehensive, reliable and consolidated system of data collection and analysis that accurately captures the reality unfolding on the ground. Without such data and analysis, sound policy and effective action cannot be made.

This project will enable the Ibero-American Network of Data Analysis on Crime and Citizen Security to gather and analyze data on crime and security from 14 Latin American countries. The results will be a comprehensive and reliable statistical database on issues of crime, violence and insecurity; greater awareness of the importance of high-quality crime statistics to inform evidence-based policy making; and a set of evidence-based policy recommendations.

All information produced by the project will be made available for public access in Spanish and English on RIADD's website. Annual analysis reports containing country and comparative regional data analysis will be distributed among specialized academic institutions as well as among the institutions responsible for citizen security and criminal justice in each participating country. Longitudinal data analysis reports will also be shared. Policy recommendations will be disseminated through meetings with public authorities. As well, a public seminar will be held every two years in order to present recommendations for the improvement of data collection and public policy recommendations to the general public, to academics and to public authorities.

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Start Date

Saturday, August 4, 2012

End Date

Sunday, October 4, 2015


36 months

IDRC Officer

Gottsbacher, Markus

Total funding

CA$ 485,962


North and Central America, South America, Ecuador


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Fredy Rivera


Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences

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