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Governance for Citizen Security in Latin America:Promoting Citizen-Centered Security through South-South Cooperation l Brasília 2012

Start Date: 
Oct 08, 2012
End Date: 
Oct 09, 2012
Brasília, Brazil
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Over two days in October 2012, 60 government officials, academics, members of the police, security specialists, members of civil society and UNDP staff from various countries in the region gathered in  Brasília, Brazil, to exchange experiences, discuss Governance for Citizen Security in Latin America  and learn from one another while creating networks for south-south cooperation.


In spite of remarkable achievements in economic development as well as democracy, peace and stability in traditional terms in the last decades in the region, most Latin American countries face important challenges related to extreme socio-economic inequalities and increasing levels of internal threats to the security of their citizens. With the highest rate of homicides in the world as a region, citizen security is still currently a major issue in Latin America. Yet, this is also the region which has created the most innovative approaches to understand, monitor, and tackle security matters with a holistic vision, realizing the general failure of restrictive “mano dura” policies to develop more inclusive, participatory and governance-oriented solutions. Certain countries of the region have become leading pioneers in implementing governance approaches to citizen security, which could greatly benefit other countries of the region as well as beyond.

To make the most of these rich experiences and strengthen mechanisms for knowledge sharing and South-South support in the field of citizen security, UNDP-Brazil, UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC), the Panama Regional Centre and the Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) proposed this event. The event created a space for exchange of information, experiences and lessons learned, as well as joint effort towards a better understanding of existing capacities and resources in the region and a sustainable South-South cooperation system to optimize the achieved and future progress in the area.

Main Objectives

The regional meeting was organized with the following objectives in mind:

  • Provide a forum for exchange of experiences and learning in the area of citizen security from a democratic governance perspective;
  • Showcase innovative and replicable practices promoted by UNDP as well as governments and civil society organizations on democratic governance approaches to citizen security;
  • Identify good practices and ways for improvement in the assessment/monitoring of citizen security with a governance perspective;
  • Provide a forum for South-South cooperation, by promoting intra-regional fertilization on democratic governance practices, including governance monitoring practices, for citizen security;
  • Produce a Discussion Paper on Citizen Security to be shared with governments, academics and development practitioners in LAC and other regions through the Global South-South development Academy, an initiative of the UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation


Participants included UN/UNDP staff working on citizen security and democratic governance, national partners from government, civil society and academia from Brazil, Barbados, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Indonesia..


Concept Note
Workshop Report
Participant List

Presentations included the following 



Setting the Stage: Debate on the Value of South-South Cooperation to Manage Knowledge and Promote Innovative Approaches to Citizen Security

THEME 1: Identifying and Disseminating Local Governance Experience in Citizen Security


THEME 2: Ensuring Inclusive Information Systems to Improve Policy-Making in Citizen Security

THEME 3: Promoting Institutional Reform for Citizen Security

Additional Presentations