ABSTRACT

Resilience has become a core concept in the sphere of development policy, whether in disaster risk reduction, urban planning, peacebuilding or wider humanitarian responses. This chapter makes use of the existing research on civil society efforts related to mitigating the damaging effects of organized crime, which is young and focused on those parts of the world where there is longer and more sustained experience, for example in Latin America, North America and Italy. Advocacy and society-wide campaigning is also an important way through which civil society can make a difference, through creating broader cultural change. Mexico’s recent history has been marked by extreme displays of violence affecting rural and urban communities, including Mexico’s capital, Mexico City. Mexico’s civil society demonstrates a wide range of community resilience initiatives against organized crime.