Researching the Urban Dilemma: Urbanization, Poverty and Violence

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Researching the Urban Dilemma: Urbanization, Poverty and Violence – Resources


International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


Robert Muggah

Publication date

01 May 2012

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25 Jun 2014

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A baseline study that helps inform the design and scope of the IDRC's Safe and Inclusive Cities research initiative - a collaboration between the IDRC and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) aimed at generating an evidence base on the connections between urban violence, inequalities, and poverty and on identifying the most effective strategies to address these challenges. Toward this end, the study: - documents what is known about the connections between violence, inequalities, and poverty in urban centres and assesses the strength of the knowledge base; - describes the state of theory on violence, urbanization, and poverty reduction; - identifies key evidence gaps that require further investigation; - maps out key actors (researchers and research organizations) that are producing knowledge on these issues; and - provides an extensive bibliography. The outcome is a study that promotes an integrated and comprehensive approach to tackling the challenges posed by rapid urbanization, escalating violence, and increased poverty and inequalities.