This one-day meeting brought together experts on urban insecurity to discuss the ways in which marginalization, crime, political grievance and non-state armed groups interact in the massive urban centres of the developing world, and particularly in fragile states.
A variety of sessions featured presentations, panel discussions and plenary debate on the epidemics of violent crime in certain Latin American cities, such as Caracas; the hybrid forms of organized violence in Karachi and Nairobi; the ways in which “solutions” to urban security problems are generated and marketed globally; the new approaches taken by policy-makers to extremely fragmented and violent urban environments; and the forms in which international donors may support and empower local communities in achieving better urban living conditions.
Speakers at the event included:
- Adesoji Adeniyi, coordinator of the “Megacities” project, the Ramphal Institute
- Enrique Betancourt, Yale World Fellow, former Director Mexico’s National Crime Prevention Centre
- Chris van der Borgh, Associate Professor at the Centre for Conflict Studies at Utrecht University
- David Connolly, Head of the Conflict Prevention Program, The Hague Institute for Global Justice
- Yusuf Hassan, MP for the National Alliance and former diplomat, Kenya
- Rivke Jaffe, University of Amsterdam, Editor The Caribbean City (2008)
- Dirk Kruijt, Emeritus Professor Utrecht University, Co-editor Fractured Cities (2006)
- Manuel Llorens, Psychologist and expert on marginalized urban youth, Caracas
- Naomi van Stapele, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, Director Duara Foundation
- Alberto Vanolo, University of Turin, Co-author Urban Political Geographies: A Global Perspective (2011)
- Huma Yusuf, Woodrow Wilson global Fellow, Columnist Dawn newspaper (Pakistan)