"Safe Neighborhood"Program

Ministry of the Interior
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

This initiative promoted by the Ministry of the Interior allows culture and various artistic manifestations to occupy a position at the national level and, in a formal manner, as essential tools or pathways for the sustainable development of the citizens.

Nevertheless, the 'Safe Neighborhood' (SN) Multisectoral Strategy, approved by Supreme Decree No. 008-2017-IN, has a much broader scope, with the aim of reducing crime and violence rates, as well as increasing trust in the Peruvian National Police, based on three main aspects: police prevention, identifying the open criminal incidence points; social prevention, by various institutions in order to give social support to the community; and, finally, community prevention, which consists in organizing society so that it collectively assumes the challenges posed by safety in the districts.

For the implementation of the 'Safe Neighborhood' Multisectoral Strategy, there are 4 stages: Planning. Diagnosing the area and social actors to identify and decide which is the most suitable neighborhood to intervene. Execution. Recovering the city from crime rings, restoring population's trust in its institutions, with integrated police patrolling in hot zones, implementation of the Community Police, an operation that arises from investigative and intelligence work, training for the policemen from the police station and municipality, neighborhood associations, and work to recover public spaces and reduce alcohol consumption. Consolidation. Reinforcing the peaceful coexistence of social actors through measures that approach the risk factors; most actions have to do with social prevention and others beyond police responsibilities, which fall to sectoral programs, formal education, social skills, work and entrepreneurship opportunities, as well as activities to encourage the good use of free time and entertainment. Evaluation and monitoring. In accordance with the goals established with the support of INEI, 5 SN were implemented in 2016; 18 SN were implemented in 2017; 30 SN were implemented in 2018; and 38 SN were implemented in 2019; with a total of over 25,000 beneficiaries with the support of the sectors.
Within this framework, the Culture Points initiative (Ministry of Culture) and the 'Safe Neighborhood' Multisectoral Strategy (Ministry of the Interior) have started a sustained and progressive work from 2018 to the present, allowing for the coordination with community cultural organizations living in territories directly affected by lack of public safety in four districts of Lima.

Culture Points adheres to and strengthens the consolidation stage, which refers to: "Strengthening the peaceful coexistence of social actors through longer-term measures that address risk factors. It encourages youths to get involved in sports and culture in order to get them out of gangs, and it works on the recovery of public spaces for the benefit of the community." Within the framework of this partnership, Culture Points develops a process of training activities, project strengthening and accompaniment that generates cultural strategies of social intervention, integral actions and development of indicators and achievements that reflect the positive impact in four districts of Lima (San Martin de Porres, Comas, San Juan de Lurigancho and Rimac).

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

From January to September 2019, Safe Neighborhood has carried out a total of 8,291 activities nationwide, including community work activities with the Peruvian National Police; activities with the Sectoral Programs in favor of addressing risk factors; activities with the local governments in favor of the neighborhoods' most vulnerable population; and with strategic allies, such as educational institutions, private companies, NGOs, among others. Safe Neighborhoods (SN) were implemented: 5 SN in 2016, 18 SN in 2017, 30 SN in 2018 and 38 SN in 2019.

91 safe neighborhoods implemented to date (2016-2019)
Over 30,000 beneficiaries

During 2019, Culture Points carried out training activities for 12 organizations in the first stage. In the next stage, four projects from organizations recognized as culture points were selected, financed, executed and evaluated between August and December of the same year.

In total, these organizations generated 13 workshops (243 participants), and 11 activities (439 participants).

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

Approximately USD 5,369,221 per year.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Ministry of Education
Public Sector
National Institute of Statistics and Informatics
Public Sector
Ministry of Health
Public Sector
Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion
Public Sector
Ministry of Labor
Public Sector
Ministry of Culture
Public Sector
Public Sector
Public Prosecutor's Office
Public Sector
Ministry of Justice
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)
Prioridades transversales
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