Interrupting Violence in Central America: Lessons from the Field

Salvador Stadthagen

Fueled by gangs, drugs, social inequalities, and underemployment, criminal violence in Central America has skyrocketed in the past two decades. This has, in turn, eroded trust in government and stifled economic development, thereby perpetuating violence. What can be done to interrupt this cycle?

Stadthagen will outline the roles of primary, secondary, and tertiary violence prevention and integrated programs for stemming regional criminal violence. Drawing on academic findings, he will discuss the “state of the art” in violence prevention, describing successful interventions, such as USAID’s community-based Regional Youth Alliance and Honduras Youth Alliance, crime and violence prevention projects implemented by Creative Associates, which led to the development of more than 200 outreach centers in gang-affected neighborhoods of El Salvador and Honduras.

Explaining how community-based programs can be successfully paired with family counseling and public-private partnerships to help high-risk youth to build lives outside of gangs, he will suggest paths for collaboration between practitioners and scholars in meeting the challenge of violence prevention in Central America.

Cosponsored with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development

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Salvador Stadthagen

Salvador Stadthagen is an international development professional with over 35 years of experience in government, international development and cooperation, and the private sector...
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