UNDP Launches SocialInnov4Change Initiative to tackle Crime and Violence

Aug 12, 2015

SAINT LUCIA – According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in 2012 the homicide rate for Saint Lucia was 22 per 100,000 inhabitants.  According to Police Statistics published on 12 January 2015, there was a 5.5% increase in crime reported over 2013.  20,084 crimes were report in 2014, compared to 19,038 crimes in 2013.   With respect to homicides, fifteen were reported in Castries, one in Dennery, two in Anse La Raye, two in Vieux Fort, one in Choiseul, three in Gros islet, one in Micoud, two in Babonneau and two in Soufriere.  15 of these homicides were from gunshots, 11 using sharp objects, three caused by blunt trauma and one homicide via another source.

The rising level of insecurity in Saint Lucia has become a major concern for the national government and development partners programming in Saint Lucia.  There is also growing concern about the involvement of youth in most of the reported crimes in the country.

The UNDP Sub-regional Office for Barbados and the OECS partnered with the UNDP Innovation Facility to launch the SocialInnov4Change initiative in St. Lucia. SocialInnov4Change aims to engage youth ages 18 to 35 as agents of change in their community through the design of development solutions with a focus on crime prevention and community safety.

The process began on August 11 with ideation workshops taking place over two days and ending with the call for ideas on International Youth Day, August 12. The call will remain open to youth groups until September 25. Thereafter, a panel of judges will select five groups to receive grants; one group will be selected via crowd voting. The final six groups will participate in an innovation camp between October 13 and 15.

Finalists will each receive US$2,000 to implement their ideas.


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