From February 20 to 25, the team from the Center of Excellence in Statistical Information on Government, Crime, Victimization and Justice (CoE) delivered the training “Experiences and lessons learned in the implementation of Local Safety Audits in the Mexican context”, aimed at colleagues from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kenya, with the objective of standardizing criteria in future implementations of the Urban Safety Governance Assessment initiative.
In order to address the challenges posed by rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, the UNODC has identified the need to generate evidence-based interventions with the aim of recognizing the local reality and reducing the vulnerability of communities to internal and external threats. To this end, it is implementing the Urban Safety Governance Assessment initiative in three cities at a global level:
This approach takes up the methodology of Local Safety Audits, in which the Center of Excellence has experience in its implementation in the municipality of Querétaro, Mexico and is currently being developed in the municipality of Iztapalapa.
Through the governance approach, UNODC will seek to advance holistic and comprehensive strategies and interventions recognizing the need to act locally in addition to deploying efforts at the national or international level. The three cities will be expecting to have the identified findings by mid-2020.