Technical Assistance

The Urban Safety Governance Initiative is piloted in Iztapalapa (Mexico City), Nairobi (Kenya), and Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The Assessment has produced key findings and recommendations, allowing local partners to identify strategic priorities and formulate public policies. This process serves as the basis for technical assistance carried out under this programme to promote the implementation of evidence-informed prevention policies and programmes and strengthen the capacity of local and national stakeholders to effectively address crime, violence, substance use disorder, corruption, terrorism, illicit flows of firearms, trafficking in persons, and other issues identified by the Assessment at city level. Tailored to local needs, UNODC technical assistance is provided in cooperation with different actors including: local and national government officials; UN partners (in close coordination with UN country teams); civil society; academic institutions; city networks, and local residents.

evidence-informed prevention

Based on the conceptual phase, results and lessons learned from implementation in these pilot cities, the Urban Safety Governance Assessment guidance tool will be refined to further improve the implementation of the Urban Safety Governance Approach in other cities across the globe in selected urban contexts in close cooperation with relevant local and national authorities.

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The Report on the Urban Safety Governance Assessment in Iztapalapa, Mexico City Iztapalapa is characterized by being the most populated borough in Mexico City, as well as the one with the youngest population given that the average age of its inhabitants is 31 years old... Read more
Community Leadership in Urban Safety Governance Assessments - Deacon’s Farm, St. Michael, Barbados – Kevin Bishop is an example of a community leader in Deacon’s Farm. As a boy, he grew up participating in various community clubs and afterschool activities at the local community centre, which at the time, was a special project (the Deacon’s Development Project) initially funded by the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime... Read More
The Report on the Urban Safety Governance Assessment in Mathare, Nairobi City - The assessment aimed to identify local challenges and opportunities related to urban safety and good governance and develop appropriate strategies and policies... Read more


UNODC is well placed to assist Member States with the development of sound evidence-based interventions that seek to promote healthy, safe, inclusive and resilient cities and therefore, in addition to engagement at the national level, sees value in engaging with local stakeholders, alongside national actors, and empowering them with relevant tools and services as part of this process. By uniting all the mandate areas and existing programmes under this initiative, UNODC is able to holistically address the problems faced by governments and residents of urban environments.