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Many of the most violent places are not in war zones but in Latin America, the Caribbean, the US and South Africa, in communities where criminal groups challenge the state for control, and where gangs rule the slums.

Cities in a globalised work are faced by a series of interconnected challenges. On the one hand, the trends of rapid urbanisation mean that they are subject to enormous economic and social disruption. On the other hand they are buffeted by external political and economic forces, including illicit flows and challenging violent ideologies.

A set of militarised policies by states to try and reassert control have, in some cases, escalated violence, presented new targets for corruption, without appreciably improving the security and quality of life for the people in those communities most affected.

Against a background of protracted conflict and fragility, communities all over the globe are organizing for themselves, courageous and effective actions to face the most devastating consequences of organized crime.

The #GIResilience Project was launched in 2016 with the intention to bring forward the all too often unheard voices of those most affected organized crime. The Project brings forward the community perspective of a global phenomena to disrupt the narrative of the “war on crime” and shift the focus to the successful responses enabled by ordinary people. Read More about the Resilience Project.

In 2017, the GI published its first edition of the Resilience Series, a collection of case studies on community resilience in Sinaloa, Mexico. Located in the Pacific coast and in close proximity to the United States, Sinaloa is only one example of what is also evident in others parts of the world where drug violence has persisted for years and a criminal culture has permeated all aspects of life, including governments and licit economies. Report: Resilience in Sinaloa: Community Responses to Organized Crime

This year, the GI launched its first Resilience Dialogues in Sinaloa to better understand these community responses and to engage with the main resilient actors to exchange knowledge and resources. The results are a promising reminder of the amazing capacity of societies to survive, recover and thrive even in the most arduous circumstances.

The ultimate aim of the #GIresilience Project is not only to highlight these inspiring actions.

The goal is to incubate and develop these resilience-based initiatives to protect, enable and empower the citizens who have taken and continue to take a stand against violence and crime. The aim is to identify successful practices that can be shared and replicated in different places, and thus to create a network of resilient communities around the world. The next phase contemplates to continue working in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean as well as in South Africa and The Philippines.

Incubating Community Responses to Criminal Governance

More about the Resilience Project

Report Resilience in Sinaloa: Community Responses to Organized Crime

Read more about The Dialogues

#GIResilience Project Geneva Launch

The upcoming event in Geneva is to present #GIResilience to our partners and supporters and to continue to raise awareness about the GI’s resilience approach to organized crime. The event is also an opportunity to engage with international organizations working on community responses to violence, conflict and fragility. The objective is to contribute to the on-going global dialogue on resilience, peace and development.

Proposed Speakers

Chair: Mark Shaw, Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime

Siria Gastelum Felix, Senior Research Fellow, GI Resilience Project, Sinaloa

Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform

Angela Gussing, Regional Director for the Americas, ICRC

Juma Assiago, UN-HABITAT, Safer Cities Initaitive