Reducing Urban Violence in the Global South
Towards Safe and Inclusive Cities
Reducing Urban Violence in the Global South seeks to identify the drivers of urban violence in the cities of the Global South and how they relate to and interact with poverty and inequalities. Drawing on the findings of an ambitious 5-year, 15-project research programme supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the UK’s Department for International Development, the book explores what works, and what doesn't, to prevent and reduce violence in urban centres.
Cities in developing countries are often seen as key drivers of economic growth, but they are often also the sites of extreme violence, poverty, and inequality. The research in this book was developed and conducted by researchers from the Global South, who work and live in the countries studied; it challenges many of the assumptions from the Global North about how poverty, violence, and inequalities interact in urban spaces. In so doing, the book demonstrates that accepted understandings of the causes of and solutions to urban violence developed in the Global North should not be imported into the Global South without careful consideration of local dynamics and contexts. Reducing Urban Violence in the Global South concludes by considering the broader implications for policy and practice, offering recommendations for improving interventions to make cities safer and more inclusive.
The fresh perspectives and insights offered by this book will be useful to scholars and students of development and urban violence, as well as to practitioners and policymakers working on urban violence reduction programmes.
Table of Contents
Foreword Introduction: A Fast-Moving and Dynamic Urban Landscape Part I West Africa 1. Controlling violence: an economic integration skill in Côte d’Ivoire 2. Opening up or closing off: urbanisation, violent crime and the "poverty penalty" in Ghana’s four largest cities Part II Southern Africa 3. Urban upgrading linked to positive social outcomes in Cape Town, South Africa 4. Towards safer communities: the impact of the Community Work Programme on the prevention of urban violence in South Africa 5. Is social cohesion the missing link in preventing violence? Case studies from South Africa and Brazil Part III Latin America 6. Social exclusion, violences, and urban marginalisation in Central America: empirical evidence and consequences for public policy 7. The contribution of informal institutionality to safe cities in Venezuela Part IV South Asia 8. Everyday violence in urban India: Is planning the driver or mitigator? 9. Pathways to inclusive urban development: contrasting experiences of relocated men and women in Colombo and Kochi Conclusion: Reflections on how to make cities safer and more inclusive
Jennifer Erin Salahub is a Canadian public servant. She managed the Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative, a global research programme jointly funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.
Markus Gottsbacher is senior programme specialist with the Governance and Justice programme at the International Development Research Centre.
John de Boer is managing director of the SecDev Group.
Mayssam D. Zaaroura is the women’s rights knowledge specialist at Oxfam Canada.
"This impressive volume, the result of IDRC’s and DFID's Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative and undertaken with researchers from cities in the Global South, is unique in its presentation of in-depth original research results within a cross-regional, cross-discipline holistic framework. In this way, it fills a gap in knowledge of the urban violence-poverty-inequality nexus. The book brings together a remarkable range of individual case studies, focusing on such issues as social cohesion, exclusion, and gendered violence, with provocative—at times counter-intuitive—policy solutions. In demonstrating that the challenges of ubiquitous urban violence transcend borders and showing that resistance and resilience are fundamental local coping strategies, this path-breaking book is essential reading for academics, policymakers, and practitioners alike." — Caroline Moser, Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester, UK
"This second book based on research carried out under the Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative focuses its attention on interventions to address the extremely complex, diverse, layered, and often inter-connected forms of violence experienced in cities of the Global South. In a scenario where the state is often implicated as a perpetrator of violence and where social cohesion is frayed with groups pitched against each other as the chapters illustrate, interventions are bound to be embedded in the complexity of the violence and hence ‘imperfect’. But, there is a lot to be learned from them as works in progress.
One point that is clearly made is that safety and inclusion cannot be treated as independent arenas; they are linked. The sheer diversity of forms of interventions discussed here is amazing, ranging from grassroots interventions where the stakes and the roles of women and children in peace-keeping are asserted to state interventions such as livelihood and safety linking projec