August 13, 2015 – With the goal of promoting theoretical and practical tools for those responsible of the design and implementation of programs on crime and violence prevention in Mexico, Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) present a catalog of 20 publications, the product of the collaboration of the governments of Mexico and the United States as part of the Merida Initiative.
Under Merida Initiative Pillar IV, Building Strong and Resilient Communities, the U.S. government through USAID supports the efforts of the Government of Mexico carried out through the National Program for Crime and Violence Prevention that address the challenge of building capacity for local actors to properly design and implement actions in social prevention.
These publications show experiences in the field of social prevention of violence that were developed in Mexico in recent years. They are the result of coordinated efforts by the three levels of government and civil society. They document procedures and practices at the community and municipal levels that were designed and implemented in response to local needs.
During the presentation it was noted that this knowledge will help prevention program operators in the appropriate design, implementation and evaluation of social cohesion community interventions.
The first panel presented on government-society relationships, the Municipal Office for Crime and Violence Prevention presented the “Guide for Municipal Prevention Committees,” Fortalessa presented the “Guidelines for the Design of Community intervention Plans: Diagnosis and Management “and the Municipal Institute of Research and Planning presented the” Guidelines for Designing Safe Public Spaces.”
The second panel addressed the experiences of youth. The Programa para la Convivencia Ciudadana presented the publication “Building Models of Intervention with Young People,” the Centro de Asesoría y Promoción Juvenil presented “Dropout Prevention with Teens” and Telon de Arena presented “The Theater as a Tool for Living in a Community.”
The third and final panel dealt with victims and resilience. The Programa para la Convivencia Ciudadana presented the publication “The Care of Victims of Violence: A Comprehensive Approach to Resilience” and the organization Crecimiento Humano y Educación para la Paz presented “Healing the Impacts of Violence in the Community.”
The e-book is available at www.pcc.org.mx and on the USAID website www.usaid.gov for consultation and download on computers and mobile devices. Subsequently, they will also be available on the website of the Secretariat for Prevention and Citizen Participation www.nosmuevelapaz.gob.mx and other strategic partners to increase awareness among key players in the field of crime and violence prevention in Mexico. By next semester the catalog will include more than 30 publications.