Major urban violence study planned
Fifteen research teams will receive grants up to $480,000 (U. S.) each to study the complex reasons behind chronic, dangerous urban violence and recommend solutions for policymakers, The Guardian reports.
The five-year, $10.5 million (U. S.) Safe and Inclusive Cities initiative, announced Sept. 11, is sponsored by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the UK’s Department for International Development. Violence in 40 cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America will be examined.
Urban violence usually involves gangs and militias, rather than strife between states, and has become a “barrier” to urban development and poverty reduction. “Violence undermines the few assets the poor have,” Caroline Moser, an urban social anthropologist at the University of Manchester, explains in the article.