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Tools for » Security with citizenship: preventing violence and strengthening citizenship with a focus on children, adolescents and youths in vulnerable conditions in Brazilian communities
Project ID 00067220 Description MDGF-1954-F-BRA Peace Security
Fund
MDG Achievement Fund
Start Date *: 31 Dec 2008
Theme
MDGF Conflict Prev Peacebld
Project status Operationally Closed
Country Brazil Participating Organization   Multiple
About

Overview

The programme aimed to strengthen local capacities to prevent and reduce violence while promoting civic culture and coexistence, with a focus on children, adolescents and young people in conditions of vulnerability.

Outcome 1 focused on the strengthening local capacity to promote citizen security. This included carrying out a local and institutional diagnosis that identified the main problems of the city or selected territory in terms of violence and citizen perception. Local plans were formulated and validated by authorities and civil society. Selected projects from the Plan were implemented, monitored and evaluated in order to assess the response.

For outcome 2, relating to sustainable behavior changes made use of sports, culture and arts within the communities to promote sustainable behavioral changes. While under outcome 3, promoting urban spaces, the Program adapted successful experiences developed in other Latin American cities to the local conditions. In addition to the promotion of safe urban spaces the programme developed situational crime prevention strategies. Improvement of spaces like schools or their related urban environment was considered a priority.

The programme strategy stresses that most conflicts do not require the participation of formal justice and can be prevented at the community level. Under outcome 4 the program implemented conflict resolution practices at schools while supporting personal empowerment of women and girls to prevent domestic violence within selected communities.

 Lastly, the Program fostered capacities of youths in vulnerable situations to help them develop a life project, together with the skills and abilities for social inclusion. It also advocated and developed strategies for the prevention child labor, and worked with families to reduce vulnerabilities and promote an enabling environment. .(outcome 5)

Outcome 6 was an internal outcome and promoted efficient and effective within the program. In order to ensure this outcome, agencies established a knowledge management and experimental coordination methodology including monitoring exercises, documentation of lessons learned, and documentation and systematization of methodologies into knowledge tools.

 

Outcome 1:

Local capacity to prevent & reduce violence and to promote civic culture and coexistence strengthened, with focus on the adolescents and youth in vulnerable situations.

 

Outcome Achievments:

  • Local violence prevention and safety plans for all participating cities formulated, implemented, monitored and evaluated.
  • Participatory diagnosis on security conducted in three communities.
  • Governmental and non-governmental organizations, trained in design, implementation and monitoring of comprehensive policies to prevent violence and promote safety within the citizen security approach.
  • Institutional capacity strengthened to manage citizen security.
  • Increased the capacity of law enforcement agents, civil society, organizations of employers and workers to prevent trafficking, report human trafficking, and to support and protect its victims.
  • Implanted methodology to reduce homicides where children (10/18 years) are victims
  • Safety nets for vulnerable young people strengthened.
  • One international exchange (training) involving 12 participants from JP municipalities and 80 from Brazil, 8 Latin America and 2 African countries were organized to reinforce local and national capacity to protect adolescents in conflict with law.
  • Provided technical inputs to the national plan “Juventude Viva” to fight lethal violence.

 

Outcome 2:

Sustainable behavioral changes, increasing in norms accomplishments and citizenship building achieved.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Improved compliance with rules and laws, through the promotion of sports in communities.
  • Increased human security and compliance with laws and regulations through environments.
  • Supported safer school community, along with opportunities for cultural, social and sporting interaction with neighboring communities.
  • Increased awareness among youth leadership on citizen security in their communities.
  • Adolescents in conflict with the law integrated and  protected at municipal level.
  • Safe urban spaces promoted and developed through a strategy of situational.

 

Outcome 3:

Urban spaces generated and promoted.

 

Outcome Achievements:

Crime prevention and renewal initiatives.

 

Outcome 4:

Peaceful dispute resolution practices disseminated and implemented in communities.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Guide to orient municipalities on the implementation of the local programs for socio-educational care and measures for adolescents in conflict with the law, prepared (according to the SINASE law - 12.594, 18 January).
  • Practices for peaceful conflict resolution, implemented in schools.
  • Actions were undertaken aimed to prevent domestic violence and promote social empowerment of young women, teens and girls.
  • "Education Partnership" methodology developed to reduce racial and ethnic conflicts among adolescents.

 

Outcome 5:

Factors causing vulnerability to violence among youth, children and adolescents reduced.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • 2 editions of the IHA (Index of Adolescent Homicide) published to estimate the risk of death by homicide among adolescents in a given territory. It was created to demonstrate in a simple and concise way the impact of lethal violence on this social group, and to raise awareness of the extent and gravity of the problem. The use of the index also contributes to monitoring the phenomenon over time and space as well as to evaluating relevant public policies at local, state and federal levels.
  • Young people between 14 and 24 years empowered with skills to deal with day-to-day issues aimed at reducing individual vulnerabilities, community violence, drug use and HIV and AIDS through the Youth Merit Program.
  • Young people, especially women, between 10 and 24 years, empowered and trained to promote effective integration of young people in the formal labor market.
  • Prevention of child labor through the implementation of public policies.
  • Methodology developed to reduce vulnerabilities and improve resilience for families with children and adolescents.
  • Promotion of among youth in the communities.

 

Outcome 6:

Efficient and effective program management achieved.

 

Outcome Achievements:

  • Newly created inter-agency Thematic Group "International Crime, Security and Citizenship" supporting the sustainability of JP activities.
  • Technical missions to the municipalities to incorporate local experiences in the plans.
  • Methodology for the management, monitoring and evaluation developed and deployed.
  • Lessons learned documentation prepared, systematic methodologies and knowledge exchange promoted at national and regional level.
  • Ability of program staff to raise awareness on conflicts strengthened.

 

Best Practices

  • Municipal guide for elaboration of the local strategies to prevent homicides prepared and disseminated, adopted by Federal Government as a reference tool for the elaboration of municipal plans in the context of the implementation of the National Plan “Juventude Viva,” to fight lethal violence against adolescents and youths, in 138 municipalities.
  • 2 editions of the IHA (Index of Adolescent Homicide) published to estimate the risk of death by homicide among adolescents in a given territory. It was created to demonstrate in a simple and concise way the impact of lethal violence on this social group, and to raise awareness of the extent and gravity of the problem. The use of the index also contributes to monitoring the phenomenon over time and space as well as to evaluating relevant public policies at local, state and federal levels.
  • Partnerships with the industrial and commercial sector with the Work Plan as a reference and with civil Society, which fully participated in decisions taken by local committees (Program's partnership with the NGO "Observatório de Favelas" particularly interesting).
  • Responsibility given to youth in the communities in decisions about the criteria of their participation in JP activities (other groups’ mobilization or priority areas of intervention for instance).
  • Newly created inter-agency Thematic Group "International Crime, Security and Citizenship" supporting the sustainability of JP activities.
  • Creation of a local programme in Vitória named “Papo Reto” as a result of the city-to-city exchange with the Rio de Janeiro’s Civil Police Programme “Papo de Responsa”. Conflict mediation actions with police forces and the inclusion of the “Papo de Responsa” within these articulations
  • Creation of local committees and Communication Comissions.
  • Integrated actions which the mayors have performed within the covered territories especially in Contagem and Vitória.

 

Lessons learned:

  • Collective UN initiatives are more successful and effective in the implementation of important actions. Joint programming  is recognized by counterparts and beneficiaries as strategic.
  • Local partners’ capacity assessment is crucial to optimize the implementation of activities for which they will be responsible.
  • Constant advocacy with key political partners mitigates the risk of staff turnover and priority change in an electoral context.
  • High levels of coordination of UN entities within the JP mitigate the risk of delays or implementation obstacles due to different financial systems or agencies focal points’ work overload.
  • Local partners’ need to work together with other private and/or governmental partners to guarantee measures and resources for the sustainability plan.
  • It is important to secure support from the Ministry of Justice to work more closely with the JP. 

More details can be found in the documents below.

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The persons with GATEWAY access rights to upload and maintain documents for the programme:

  • Larissa Leite, Coordination Analyst; Telephone: 55 61 3038-9061; Email: larissa.leite@undp.org; Skype: larissinhavl
  • Margarita Nechaeva, RCO M&E Coordination Associate; Telephone: 55 (61) 8178-7576; Email: margarita.nechaeva@undp.org; Skype: margarita.nechaeva
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