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The Urban Peace Initiative

Timeline:  1 July 2019 to 31 December 2020

Funding organization: The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC)


Project description

The Urban Peace Initiative is a collaboration between the Global initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) and the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding. 

In a pilot phase, this collaboration aims to:

  • Develop a conceptual framework for an Initiative that matches the demand for expertise, know-how and capital for localized efforts to reduce violence, crime and exclusion in cities, including a review of approaches that enable the financing of long-term initiatives in these fields.

  • Constitute a new network of professionals with expertise and know how to advance city-based efforts to reduce violence, crime and exclusion in cities

  • Strengthen the exchange of knowledge and know-how an urban peace and illicit economies through the production of a special issue of the Journal of Illicit Economies and Development.

The Urban Peace Initiative also represents the ‘peace pillar’ of an emerging arrangement to strengthen the field of ‘urban diplomacy’ in Geneva.


The Urban Peace Initiative is calling for papers on the issue on " Urban Peace and Illicit Economies". This special issue aims to demystify the knowledge and practice about building peace and resolving violent conflict in cities, focusing specifically on the range of response to illicit economies and associated violence and insecurities.

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