Africa's Information Revolution: Implications for Crime, Policing, and Citizen Security
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC AFRICA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Violent crime represents the most immediate threat to the personal security of most Africans. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 36 percent of all homicides globally occur in Africa. With 17 deaths per 100,000, the homicide rate in Africa is double the global average. Rates of robberies and rape in Africa also exceed global norms. The problem is worse in urban areas, with many of Africa s urban-dwellers often worrying about crime. The risk of violent crime has implications for Africa s development, governance, and stability. Crime ranks as one of the major inhibitors to investment on the continent according to private business owners. Parents choose not to send children to school rather than put them at risk in highcrime areas. Countries with higher rates of violent crime tend to make less progress in reducing poverty and expanding development.
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