Gang violence threatens Caribbean economies and livelihoods

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Gang violence is threatening economies and livelihoods in Caribbean countries according to a report by the UN's development agency, UNDP.

But the agency says a right mix of policies and programmes can halt the problem.

Charles Appel reports.

In the last 12 years, gang related killings have increased substantially across the region, with the exception of Barbados and Suriname, says UNDP.

The cost of gang-related crime is high. Jamaica alone loses over US$529 million a year.

Crime erodes confidence in future development, reduces the competition among existing industries and may deter investment, the report says.

Caribbean governments can reverse the trend through citizen participation in crime prevention and increasing employment opportunities for the urban poor.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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