New York, Panama, El Salvador – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for Latin America and the Caribbean have agreed to a renewal of three years of strategic partnership to strengthen evidence-based policies on citizen security in Central America and the Dominican Republic. This partnership set in motion the Infosegura Regional Project in 2014, mobilizing $ 21 million for national and regional public institutions responsible for information management in the field of citizen security.
This next step involves the deployment of $ 10 million to countries in the region to continue to show results and support the progress countries have made in institutionalizing the use of evidence in shaping public policies on the issue of citizen security centered on the person with an emphasis on prevention.
The new investment of $ 10 million will strengthen and help ensure the sustainability of progress made by countries in institutionalizing the use of evidence in policymaking and monitoring public policies for citizen safety. “We are working closely with UNDP on the program called Infosegura, and it’s a really important tool to help some governments to compile data on crime and violence, and governments and civil society in those countries are using the data. data to inform public policy, ”said Peter Natiello, USAID Deputy Administrator, Latin America and the Caribbean Office.
InfoSegura is USAID and UNDP’s first regional strategic partnership in citizen security, enhancing UNDP’s work with strategic partner institutions in the sector, and a robust model of regional integration, highlighting the inclusion of voices civil society and academia by consolidating the CONOSE network. This new phase will see InfoSegura continue to improve knowledge, capacities and lessons learned in institutions specializing in citizen security and justice.
This coordinated work involves 42 public institutions, 27 civil society organizations and 11 academic institutions, supporting the capacity building of more than 400 public officials, seven digital multidimensional information management systems, more than 10 specialized regional studies and 62 national reports.
InfoSegura contributes to the creation of evidence to reconsider and redefine the rules of the game, reimagining institutions with a perspective of inclusion, transparent management and high quality people-centered public services. Therefore, citizen security is a prerequisite for achieving the sustainable development and human rights agenda, the key to strengthening the rule of law ecosystem and eradicating the use of violence. as a negotiation mechanism between political and social actors, and inclusive justice. system.
“InfoSegura is a fundamental actor in building the capacities of different governments for the production, use and dissemination of information for public policies. In this context, cooperation with USAID continues to be fundamental in order to help increase the confidence and engagement of citizens in social transformation, ”said Luis Felipe López Calva, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the UNDP of the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Between May 2014 and May 2021, UNDP carried out continuous work through InfoSegura in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic with the motto: “Going from words to understanding, and understanding for transformation ”. This vision made it possible to move from the quantification and standardization of data on the incidence of crime to a more strategic management of information, focused on the multidimensional analysis of the populations and territories most affected by the different forms. of violence and insecurity, the production of knowledge, innovation and new technologies, using evidence to strengthen public policies on citizen security, with an emphasis on the prevention of violence and access to justice, the promotion of social cohesion, with an emphasis on gender and human rights.
In addition to knowledge products and public policy information, the work has developed tools to follow Agenda 2030, in particular Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions; and SDG 5: Gender Equality, and develop targets to end crime and violence affecting men and women. In addition, reliable data shows that between 2015 and 2020, in the Central America and Dominican Republic subregion, the joint total of violent deaths decreased by 51% (48.5% of female victims and 51.5% of male victims). In 2015, the rate in the region was 45.7 per 100,000 and in 2020 it reached 18.5 per 100,000 people, approaching the rate in Latin America.
The key has been to institutionalize the processes and align them with national security strategies, allowing the processes to be sustainable even with election campaigns and the turnover of administrations, this was even the case during the COVID-pandemic. 19.
In this sense, Infosegura will make an effective contribution to the UNDP response for the recovery of the COVID-19 crisis: an updated multidimensional analysis allowing clear, rapid and sustainable territorialized and targeted responses to health crises, natural disasters, outbreaks of violence and other obstacles. progress in sustainable development. Therefore, InfoSegura contributes transversally to the 2030 Agenda, ensuring that no one is left behind. Project resources go towards larger and improved data disaggregation, multidimensional analysis, updating of risk maps created with inter-institutional information, and are useful for prioritizing and targeting investments and actions in cases where resources are limited.
InfoSegura is also an active community of practice, enhancing the South-South exchange of knowledge and experiences in implementation, as well as an ongoing exploration of innovation and the use of technology to transform data. in actions and responses to the various needs in terms of citizen security, justice and cohesion in the various environments in which it operates. Join this wide-ranging conversation on the project website where you will find details on key developments, as well as expert knowledge products, webinars, tools and multidimensional reports with updated and validated data.
This renewed partnership strengthens UNDP and the Project in their commitment to transform lives and institutions on the path to sustainable development.