The Igarapé Institute is a “think and do” tank – committed to both reflection and action. The Institute scaled-up its work on both fronts in 2016. The Institute increased its “thinking” in terms of public debate and publications. It also expanded its “doing” through the design and expansion of digital applications and direct action with governments, business and non-government entities. There were notable increases in outputs and outcomes during the year.
The Igarapé Institute has expanded its potential to convene and convince. The directors were invited to deliver keynote lectures at some of the world’s top speaking venues and joined key networks in 2016. In addition to speaking at Davos, TED and other outlets, they were nominated by the UN Secretary General to join a special panel of experts on youth and security, serve as experts on global boards, coalitions and foundations.
The Igarapé Institute is committed to producing high quality knowledge products with enduring value. As such, Institute researchers not only publish institutional reports, but also articles with like-minded organizations as well as in peer-review journals and book projects. The Institute is committed to supporting academic institutions – and routinely hosted visiting scholars from universities in Canada, the US, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, UK, and elsewhere.
Many of the Institute’s publications are cited in policy and academic outlets. For example, the Institute’s institutional publications were cited in 97 separate peer-review journals in 2016 alone. Likewise, the Institute’s research director, Robert Muggah, was cited at least 330 times in academic journals throughout 2016 according to Google Scholar.
The Institute’s researchers published more than 30 publications in 2016. This includes 15 Igarapé Institute-led Strategic Papers and Notes that were released with press releases in multiple languages. The Institute also published another 15 peer-review articles in distinguished journals. Strategic Papers, Notes and articles were downloaded more than 30,800 times in 2016. This represents an over 10,000 increase on downloads in 2015.
The Igarapé Institute was at the table and infl uencing debate and public opinion in 2016. The Institute also hosted and co-hosted several activities during the year – most of them on citizen security and building peace, but also cyber security, drug policy and safer cities. In all, the Institute spoke at 125 events in 20 countries including Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK and US.
The Institute is involved in both global and more grass-roots initiatives. Some of these events were at the highest level, including World Economic Forum summits in Medellin, Davos, Dubai and Tokyo, the TED Summit (Banff), Global Parliament of Mayors (Hague), City Forum (Chicago), UNGASS (New York), Habitat III (Quito), Halifax Security Forum (Halifax), Wilton Park (Brasilia and Sussex), Wired Festival (Rio de Janeiro), Build Peace (Zurich), Data4Peace (Bangkok), Citizen Security Week (Buenos Aires), and the UNU (Tokyo) among others.
The Igarapé Institute is also increasingly involved in leading campaigns across public security priorities. During and after the 2016 Olympics, the Institute worked with World Vision International and other partners to lead a major campaign on child security. The campaign hashtag #segurancaparaacrianca reached over 65,000 people. There was also sizable media interest including more than 50 articles in Portuguese- and Spanish speaking press.
The Institute also oversaw several social media campaigns in 2016. These include a campaign raising awareness about violence against women, reaching 28,283 people on Facebook. The Institute also helped coordinate several campaigns on responsible firearms ownership, including the production of a video and several posts. This campaign – which included a declaration of Brazil’s top 50 researchers – the Manifesto for Disarmament, submitted to Congress. Altogether the campaign reached over 24 million people on social media.
The Igarapé Institute also continued expanding its digital application profile in 2016. It released several new data visualizations and mobile phone apps and was singled out by leading magazines such as the Atlantic Monthly, Quartz, Newsweek and Wired as a digital innovator. In 2016, the Institute released the fragile cities data visualization at planned events in Brazil, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. It triggered debates in Brazil, China, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Korea, India, Serbia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and elsewhere.
The Institute also designed and launched the world’s fi rst public-facing crime prediction platform in 2016. Working with partners Via Science and Mosaico, the platform uses machine learning to analyze more than 14 million crime events over the past few years. The platform was featured by Atlantic, Forbes, Univision, and Wired and generated waves globally. What’s more, the Institute expanded trials for open source body cameras with police departments in Bulgaria and Brazil to South Africa and the US.