With rapid urbanization taking place across South Asia, countries such as Nepal face increasing difficulties in providing adequate security, as populations in cities grow rapidly. Many of these issues disporportionately affect youths, due to the draining of young workers from rural areas. Little work has been done examining the connections between unemployment, urbanization, and crime, but a recent report by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) begins to shed light upon the issue, and provides some insight as to how to move forward. They find that tackling the growing issues with youth unemployment in the urban setting is a multi-faceted problem, and one which will require a multipronged strategy, effective community-based partnerships and strengthened policy capacity.
The WJP is proud to work with IDS in Nepal through our World Justice Challenge, by funding their Mobile Training Platform for Urban Policing. This platform supports Nepalese police as they adjust to a changing urban environment, training them in appropriate responses and protocol via mobile phone disseminated messages. For more information, read the entire report on the IDS website, and listen to some of the clips of interviews conducted by IDS.