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Safe and Inclusive Cities: Research to Reduce Urban Violence, Poverty, and Inequalities

The world became predominantly urban in 2007. Urbanization brings with it possibilities of improved access to jobs, goods, and services for poor people in developing countries. However, a number of development challenges have emerged given that most urban growth is occurring in larger cities and slums in developing countries. There has been a sharp increase in the incidence and severity of violence. This has a number of implications for sustainable and equitable development.

This research project will provide operational support to develop and manage the Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) program. This research initiative, developed by IDRC and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, represents a joint investment of $4 million over four years. The program will build an evidence base on the connections between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities. It also seeks to identify the most effective strategies to address these challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.

The initiative aims to:

-clarify the relationship between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities
-identify the most effective strategies for tackling these challenges
-contribute to shaping the frameworks and methodologies that will guide future research on these issues
-help developing country researchers enhance their skills to design and execute innovative, policy-relevant, rigorous, and gender-sensitive research projects in cities affected by violence
-influence policy and practice by disseminating research results locally, regionally, and internationally.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
55 months
IDRC Officer
Markus Gottsbacher
Total Funding
CA$ 1,811,136.00
South America
South Asia
South of Sahara
West Indies
Governance and Justice
Safe and Inclusive Cities



Social theories of urban violence in the Global South : towards safe and inclusive cities


Safe and Inclusive Cities final evaluation


Safe and Inclusive Cities final evaluation : executive summary


Reducing urban violence in the global south