OTTAWA, Sept. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Three leading experts on urban violence, crime, and inequality will be at Canada's International Development Research Centre September 13th to share insights from local interventions
to create safer and more equitable urban environments in Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. Over 30 other researchers involved in the Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative have gathered at an inception workshop in Ottawa this week to share knowledge and experiences on current research on urban violence.
When: Friday, September 13, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: IDRC, 150 Kent Street (Corner of Albert), 8th floor
From Rio de Janeiro, to Mumbai, to Kinshasa, urban violence has emerged as one of the central development challenges of our time. Leading security analysts in this field believe that future conflicts will be fought in cities that are unable to absorb fast-rising populations. Criminal and organized violence, associated with the drug trade in some countries, has become linked with national politics. In certain urban centres, gangs and militias have replaced public authorities, offering services and protection to communities. These services often come at great cost. Forms of social and domestic violence are also significant problems, particularly for the most vulnerable groups which include women, girls, and youth.
- Dr. Silvain Shomba Kinyamba, University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo ;
- Dr Preet Rustagi, Institute of Human Development, India;
- Professor Ignacio Cano, University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
The panel will be moderated by Doug Saunders, International-Affairs Columnist and Online Opinion Editor of The Globe and Mail, and the author of Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World.
The event is open to the media and the lecture will be webcast live at http://idrc.canwebcast.net/live. Journalists and the public can also join in the conversation through Twitter #SafeCities and Facebook.
For more information visit www.idrc.ca.
Putting research to work
Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funds practical research in developing countries to increase prosperity and security, and to foster democracy and the rule of law, in support of Canada's international development efforts. We promote growth and development and encourage sharing knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting solutions that aim to bring change to those who need it most.
SOURCE: International Development Research Centre
For further information:
Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé / (+1 613) 696-2343 / [email protected] / @IDRC_CRDI