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Safer Cities

Cities are the front line of security and development in the twenty first century. Due to the scale and pace of urbanization – especially in the Americas, Africa and Asia – they are where critical decisions on managing climate risks, migration flows, and public safety will be determined. But not all cities are advancing at the same pace – some are more fragile or resilient than others.

 

There is also a growing recognition that cities are stepping-up to solve major global challenges. City leaders are forging networks within and across international boundaries to address shared problems. And not a moment too soon, since both national states and multilateral institutions are increasingly paralyzed and unable to take action.

 

The Igarapé Institute is working with cities across Latin America and the Caribbean to help design-in solutions to improve public security and justice. For example, the Institute advises the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, the Global Parliament of Mayors and the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of Cities. The Institute also builds data visualization platforms and new applications to empower citizens to help make their cities and communities safer.

Outputs

Explore our new forecasting tool – the CrimeRadar – which predicts the risk of crime across metropolitan Rio de Janeiro. It is the world´s first public facing predictive analytics system for crime.
Check out our HASOW project for cutting-edge research on the ways in which cities are coping with violence across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Some recent publications on this theme:

Why cities rule the world

TED Ideas - Cities are the the 21st century’s dominant form of civilization - and...