Support to developing IDB risk mitigation guidelines for Justice and Citizen Security programming

20/03/2016 - 01/11/2016


Switzerland has requested ISSAT to support the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in their process of developing human rights risk mitigation guidelines. 

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been involved in citizen security projects for almost two decades, in response to the clear and significant impacts that poor levels of citizen security and justice provision have on economic outcomes. Despite these long term citizen security efforts, the IDB has not yet completely integrated these projects into country and regional approaches, and has faced challenges in developing the required knowledge, expertise, and risk management processes to support such programming. A 2014 evaluation of the IDB’s citizen security remit concluded that one of the key elements of sustaining competitive advantage in citizen security was the development and implementation of risk mitigation guidelines. 

Switzerland is a strong supporter of the work of the IDB in Latin America and the Caribbean, in particular in Honduras where SDC is working with the IDB through its programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras.

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The mandate output will be a comprehensive and practical set of risk mitigation guidelines, supported by one or more technical information field visits to help the IDB to ensure the guidelines are correctly aligned with IDB programme structures and processes, and realistically achievable in specific country contexts.

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The expected outcome of the mandate is that the IDB will be better able to assess the risks associated with engaging with those actors implicated in citizen security programming (such as police, penitentiary staff or judicial officers) who may also contribute to the levels of insecurity in a country in terms of human rights abuses. In addition, the IDB will be better able to manage risks at the country level by supporting suitable targeted citizen security projects.

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