Willman, Alys M.

Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention Team
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Violence prevention; gender-based violence; youth violence; illicit economies; urban violence
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Alys Willman, PhD, is a Social Development Specialist for the Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention Team at the World Bank, taking responsibility for analytical and project work on urban violence, youth violence and gender-based violence. She is the co-author of Violence in the City (World Bank 2011), and Societal Dynamics and Fragility (World Bank 2012), as well as various other books and articles on urban violence, youth violence, and illicit economies. Ms. Willman has worked over a dozen countries throughout Latin America, Africa and East Asia, with NGOs, bilateral agencies and the World Bank.
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    "If They Could Make Us Disappear, They Would!" Youth and Violence in Cite Soleil, Haiti
    ( 2010) Willman, A. ; Marcelin, L. H.
    This study explores community-level risk and protective factors for youth. violence in Cite Soled, Port-au-Prince's most violent slum. The youth of Cite Soleil have often been mobilized to violence by powerful actors as tools for achieving political or financial gain. Drawing on a formal survey (N = 1,575) and ethnographic data collected between March. 2008 and April 2009, we analyze the factors that contributed-and continue to contribute to making these youth available for such mobilization. Youth frame their experiences at terms of a broader social conflict between the "included" and the "excluded," and view violence as an effective means of obtaining what is denied to them by society: opportunity, respect, and material benefits. The experiences from Haiti offer important lessons in understanding the community level drivers of youth violence, and can contribute to policy approaches that go beyond stabilization, measures toward addressing structural violence. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.