Today, 83% of deadly violence occurs outside of conflict zones, with the majority of this violence concentrated in cities. Nation states have dominated the global political arena for centuries, but with more than half of the world’s population today residing in cities, it may be time to rethink who should be at the table when it comes to decisions on how we can reduce violence.
Robert Muggah is a specialist in cities, security, migration and new technologies. In this article, originally published on the World Economic Forum website, he argues that cities are taking an increasingly vocal and visible role in stepping up to some of the biggest challenges our world faces today where nation states are floundering.
Preventing violent extremism calls for communities, organisations, and practitioners to work across their boundaries in a joint endeavour. But this can be far from easy.
In this guest contribution, William Stephens, a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, asks what does it take for collaboration to be more than warm words?
According to The Global Liveability Index 2019, Karachi is among the ten least liveable cities in the world and ranks at an overall 136th position on the list. The index takes into account factors such as living standards, crime, transport, access to education and health.
Gulmina Bilal, Director of Individualland, a prominent CSO in Pakistan, asks whether is it possible to improve Karachi’s ranking in the global indices? And more importantly, how can we make the city safer for its residents?