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Crime or development

Crime is increasing in almost every country of the world and the cost of it is disproportionately crippling for developing countries. While developed countries spend 2-3 percent of their national budgets on crime prevention and criminal justice, the figure is between 9 and 14 percent for developing countries.

There is an awareness that cutting crime levels is essential for sustainable development. High or perceived high levels of crime deter investment, aid and NGO work in developing countries.

Ultimately, only measures that protect communities from deprivation, joblessness, injustice and insecurity can reduce crime levels. This report looks at how countries and communities are developing imaginative approaches to tackling crime.

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