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Citizen Security Week

Crime and violence have become one of the main obstacles to human and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The enormous economic and social costs brought about by insecurity, as well as its close association with the region's structural issues, such as inequality, exclusion and institutional weakness, have motivated the IDB to become involved in the area of citizen security and justice, adopting a development perspective. The IDB thus emphasizes its involvement in supporting the efforts of the region's Governments in preventing and dealing with violence, as well as strengthening the sector's institutions, with a multisectorial coordination approach.

The Citizen Security Week arises from the need to offer dialogue platforms in the region, to promote an exchange of security issues so as to address the main challenges existing in the sector. This platform features the participation of different audiences at the local, national and international levels, in order to share experiences, lessons learned and challenges faced in this area for the LAC region. This time, the Citizen Security Week is made up of the Regional Policy Dialogue, the Intensive Training Clinic and the Advisory Group and Donors Meeting for the Citizen Security Initiative.


October 19, 2015 - ECU 911 | Quito, Ecuador

The Third Regional Policy Dialogue on Citizen Security seeks to facilitate the exchange of experiences and lessons learned among the highest country decision-makers on citizen security public policy issues, including Secretaries/Ministers; Under-secretaries/Vice-ministers and other senior officials involved in Citizen Security. On this occasion, the main topic to be addressed by the Regional Policy Dialogue will be the use of crime and violence data to manage citizen security: developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating citizen security policies. To date, three Policy Dialogues have taken place on specific topics within the area of Citizen Security: two Regional Dialogues with the participation of national governments, held in the United States (2012) and Mexico (2014); and one Sub-regional Dialogue aimed at sub-national governments, held in Brazil (2013).


October 20, 2015 - JW Marriott Hotel | Quito, Ecuador

The authorities will get together according to their subregion to discuss and analyze the main challenges they face in the use of information to prevent crime and violence, as to strengthen their citizen security programs.


October 21, 2015 - JW Marriott Hotel | Quito, Ecuador

The main Objective of the Intensive Training Clinics is to promote knowledge and cooperation on current affairs and identify promising experiences in the region to support their dissemination. The Clinics combine theoretical and applied knowledge by fostering dialogue among highly renowned scholars at international level and authorities in charge of promising cases in the region involving the issue of Citizen Security, and are supplemented with field visits to learn of successful initiatives that have been implemented by the host country.

The Institutional Capacity of the State Division (IFD/ICS) and the Knowledge and Learning Sector (KNL/KNL) have been working together in a sustained effort since 2008 to hold this annual training event on innovative and relevant topics in this area. So far, Clinics have been held in Chile (2008); Costa Rica (2009); Uruguay (2010); Brazil (2011); United States (2012) and Mexico (2014).

On this occasion, the 7th Citizen Security Clinic will focus on presenting experiences in the region that will facilitate the discussion on the following issues: (i) How to achieve efficient police management that is closer to the Citizen?; (ii) What impact has the use of new information technologies had as an instrument to contribute to citizen security?; (iii) How to manage information and what is the citizenry's role?; (iv) What affects the effectiveness of social prevention programs of violence against at-risk populations such as youths and women?; and (v) What are the trends in the region regarding rehabilitation for incarcerated individuals? The Clinic will also include a visit to a Rehabilitation Penitentiary Center to learn about the efforts of the Ecuadorian Government in implementing its penitentiary reform.


October 23, 2015 - JW Marriott Hotel | Quito, Ecuador

The main Objective of the meeting with the Advisory Group and the Donors for the Citizen Security Initiative is to present the progress, outcomes and lessons learned in the first years of the Initiative. It will also provide an opportunity to dialogue and discuss about the state-of-the-art strategies to prevent violence and strengthen citizen security, focusing mainly on the challenges, opportunities and possible lines of future action for the Citizen Security Initiative. The Initiative was created by the IDB in 2012 to contribute to improving the effectiveness of citizen security public policies in LAC. In this regard, the Initiative supports the generation and dissemination of knowledge in the sector and the implementation of innovative strategies that could be evaluated. The main pillars of the Initiative are: (a) improving the generation, process and analysis of criminal information; (b) strengthening State capacities to manage and evaluate public policies in the sector, as well as develop and evaluate pilot projects; and (c) promoting the exchange of knowledge and good practices, through dialogue and regional cooperation.



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