The Merida Initiative is a collaborative program between the United States and the Government of Mexico (GOM) to improve the quality of lives and communities in cities near the border and elsewhere in Mexico. The USAID Crime and Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) works to address the overarching goal of Pillar IV of the Merida Initiative: to build stronger and more resilient communities that can withstand the pressures of crime and violence. The approach catalyzes the GOM’s efforts to address the drivers of crime and violence and develop resilient communities. The Tetra Tech-implemented CVPP supports local institutions to promote social cohesion and strengthens the institutional capacity of the GOM at all levels to formulate and implement evidence-based crime and violence prevention policies. Through CVPP, Tetra Tech provides technical support to plan and implement community development strategies aimed at reducing crime and violence and providing alternatives to criminal activity for the youth. Through partnerships with Mexican federal, state, and local governments and non-governmental organizations, the CVPP builds on Mexican efforts to improve understanding of how to address the drivers of violence and crime at the local level. Based on this improved understanding, CVPP supports the GOM to refine prevention models and strategies and enable partners to scale up activities and programs that are proven to work. Activities are targeted at the national level and at the sub-national level in Ciudad Juárez, Tijuana, and Monterrey. Local interventions focus on three communities in each target city identified by the GOM as having high levels of crime combined with proven citizen engagement in initiatives that address the challenges of crime and violence.
|Location||Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean|
|Value||USD 15.2 Million|