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#EndViolence in Latin America: a lifetime approach to prevention

February 7, 2017 | 14:00pm

By the time you have read this, somewhere in Latin America and the Caribbean someone has probably died by homicide. In fact, the region sees at least four homicide victims every 15 minutes.

As insecurity has skyrocketed over the years it has become abundantly clear that there is no magic formula or policy to address it. We will not solve this problem by relying solely on heavier law enforcement, on higher education, or on lower unemployment; but instead through a combined approach.

The report “Stop the violence in Latin America” looks at prevention in a new and comprehensive way.  It argues that effective prevention starts before birth, and, contrary to common perceptions, well-designed policies can also be successful for adults, for at-risk individuals and for offenders.


Independent Journalist

Senior Economist, World Bank

Associate Director, Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC

Associate Professor, Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Former Mayor of Cali, Colombia

Vice President, Latin America the Caribbean, World Bank Group

Lead Economist and Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank

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