The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime
The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime is a non-profit international organization that comprises a network of nearly 300 independent global and regional experts. The Global Initiative seeks to open new lines of analysis to provide creative solutions to the challenges of organized crime, and to serve as an exchange and collaboration platform among governments, civil society, scholars, the private sector and other actors. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Geneva, the Global Initiative has representation in every continent.
The Resilience Dialogues
The #GIresilience Project started in Sinaloa, México in 2016. That year, the GI conducted a series of interviews and field visits to assess resilience against violence and other effects of organized crime.
Historically, Sinaloa has been one of the main narco-trafficking hubs worldwide. This is the birthplace of some of Mexico´s most powerful drug lords and home of what is presumably, one of the largest criminal organizations in the world. The Sinaloa Cartel has presence in more than 50 countries and it has permeated all aspects of sinaloan lives, from licit economies to popular music and religion. At the same time, the state is the scenario of extraordinary community responses.
In 2017, the GI published Resilience in Sinaloa: Community Responses to Organized Crime. The report uses the resilience approach to analyze five local initiatives addressing the effects of violence and organized crime.
This report was the base for the creation of the Resilience Dialogues, a series of activities that took place over three days on August 2017 in Culiacan, Sinaloa.
These dialogues were designed as a participatory research tool to have a better understanding of the resilience capacities in communities affected by organized crime.
The events included a workshop where community leaders learnt to identify their own resilient capacities, and a forum for women to enable dialogues about violence in Sinaloa, from a gender perspective. The activities concluded with an arts festival, organized in collaboration with the Recuper-Arte collective.
The #GIresilience Project not only seeks to recognize the important work of civil society against organized crime, but to collaborate with these actors and to strengthen their networks.
The next phase of the project will focus on developing joint initiatives among different communities to encourage cooperation and collaboration. The GI will activate the community of resilient leaders that was conformed as a result of the Dialogues. From February to July 2018, the GI will carry out interviews and consultations on specific topics while continuing to document community responses to organized crime. Three initiatives from Culiacan will be selected to develop activities to build resilient capacities.
In October 2018, the progress on the work with the selected initiatives will be presented to their own communities, to build the strategies that will define the next phase of the project.