Violence and Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean

Violence and Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean

Can intensifying municipal and community governance displace gang rule? Urban criminal groups rule tens to hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Despite their prevalence in cities around the world, there is little information available to policymakers about effective strategies to reduce their influence. In Medellín, Colombia, gangs instill a form of order and justice in the communities in which they operate. This research tests the role and impact of an anti-gang intervention designed in partnership with the City of Medellín and community officials that aims to increase the role of the city government in providing public services and reduce the role and control of criminal gangs.

Christopher Blattman, University of Chicago
Santiago Tobón, Universidad EAFIT

Policy Discussant:
Jairo García, Defense Ministry of Columbia

Bárbara Sparrow, IPA Peru

Each seminar will be presented in English with Spanish simultaneous translation.

Time: 10:00 AM EST

Location: Virtual

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021