14th December, 11:00-13:00
WMO Building, 2nd Floor, Kruzel Hall
7bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva
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.
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.
Against a background of protracted conflict and fragility, communities all over the globe are organizing courageous -and effective actions to face the most devastating consequences of organized crime. This year also, 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 create a network of resilient communities around the world. In the next phase of the #GIresilience Project, we will continue to publish research on the still-new grounds of resilience in the context of organized crime and development. The objective is to identify successful practices that can be shared and replicated in different places. The next phase contemplates to continue working in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean as well as in South Africa and The Philippines.
The upcoming event in Geneva is to present the Project 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 join the on-going global dialogue on resilience, peace and development.