Armed Violence Prevention and Reduction Multi-Country Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Armed violence is a complex multidimensional phenomenon linked to high levels of inequality and exclusion and institutional and structural constraints, such as the governance shortcomings; hard-line (mano dura) policies; corruption, lack of participation and transparency; lack of implementation of effective security strategies, weak rule of law, high levels of impunity 1, 2 and inter generational reproduction of poverty. The lack of spaces for recreation and social support, easy access to firearms and illicit drugs, drug trafficking and other organized criminal activities also increase the risk of adolescents’ involvement in violence and crime.

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