Governing Safer Cities: Strategies for a Globalised World

Many cities across the globe are being undermined by chronic insecurity and violence, which are often connected to crime challenges originating beyond their municipal borders. Analyses across ten cities, undertaken for the purposes of developing this framework, identified several key illicit flows that were relatively common and had a direct link to city safety, including trafficking of persons and drugs, illicit financial flows, firearms and counterfeit goods.

In “Governing Safer Cities: Strategies for a Globalised World“, authored by Global Initiative Director, Mark Shaw, and Simon Howell from the University of Cape Town, for the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, the authors propose a a guide for practitioners and urban planning professionals that applies strategic approach to urban security should be based on an in-depth understanding of how a wider set of localised risk factors interact with illicit external flows to create conditions of insecurity, including different forms of ‘criminal governance’ that seek to subvert city and state governance.

Based on evidence from ten global cities, and an expert group of more than 30 global experts, the guide concludes that responses, while context specific, must seek to reverse such processes, re-establishing legitimate governance, reducing inequality and promoting inclusion and individual and community resilience.

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