This lecture will be shown as a video.

Unpacking Offices of Violence Prevention effectiveness

Alfredo Malaret Baldo
Peace in Our Cities

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Alexander Siedschlag
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Centralized Offices of Violence Prevention (OVPs) can play an important role in violence prevention. They can also trigger transformative processes by acting as pathways to overcome challenges faced by city-led efforts to prevent violence. However, on occasions, they fail to produce desired outcomes. Thus, understanding the components that make them effective is crucial to consolidate peaceful and just societies, in line with SDG16.
The proposed presentation will share results from a mapping and analysis effort aimed at unpacking OVPs, following a set of effectiveness criteria focused on their capacities, leadership, and insights for justice-centered prevention efforts. Further, it will share lessons learned from case studies designed to support cities and gauge investments, capabilities, and impacts of pre-existing OVPs. Finally, the presentation will also outline evidence compiled from original data, interviews, and practices offering crucial recommendations for policymakers in charge of city-led violence prevention.
The presentation will be carried out by Peace in Our Cities, a network of 23 Mayors and 36 community-based and international partners working together to halve urban violence by 2030. Presenters will include Alfredo Malaret Baldo, Urban Violence Program Officer and Rachel Locke, Director of the Violence, Inequality and Power Lab at the University of San Diego.
Alfredo Malaret Baldo
Alfredo Malaret Baldo is the Urban Violence Program Officer at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego. Before joining the Kroc Institute, Alfredo served as a Researcher with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), where he coordinated the Development and Urbanization of Violence research portfolios. Prior to UNIDIR, Alfredo worked at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI); the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC); and for retired United States Ambassador Dennis Jett. To date, Alfredo has completed more than twenty field deployments. He holds master’s degrees in public affairs from Brown University and international affairs and economic development from The Pennsylvania State University.


Tuesday 13th of June 2023
2:00 - 2:45 pm
Room: Mahler Saal II