Research Centre for the Prevention of Violence (Centro de Investigación para la Prevención de la Violencia – CIPREVI)

Col. Puerta del So, calle Sofia
Casa#5, fte.Edificio AMGOO

CIPREVI is a non-governmental, technical organization that promotes a holistic, participatory, and citizen-based approach to the prevention of violence and promotion of security in Central America.

The problems of Central America are complex and require multidimensional solutions. CIPREVI aims to produce reliable data and analysis to inform the multidimensional responses needed for violence prevention and citizen security in Central America. It has established itself as an important voice in discussions on violence prevention and citizen security in the region and as a trusted provider of education for specialized personnel. CIPREVI is actively influencing regional, national and local level state and civil society policies and practices to foster peaceful coexistence.

CIPREVI’s main activities are:

  • Production, systematization, exchange and dissemination of knowledge on violence prevention to contribute to public discussion and promote the political will to address the issue;
  • Technical and professional training to strengthen the capacity of the different actors engaged in prevention and citizen security, with a particular focus on developing capacity for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating violence prevention initiatives;
  • Political advocacy to contribute to the transformation of public security paradigms based on authoritarian positions inherited from the social and political conflicts of the past into approaches that are participatory, democratic and respectful of human rights;
  • Enrich and vitalize citizens’ and state organizations’ networks relevant to violence prevention;
  • Social communication for prevention of violence, incorporating the citizenry and its organizations in the processes of transformation of paradigms and strengthening of capacities to prevent violence.

VPA focal person

Arturo Matute

Arturo Matute is Regional Executive Director of CIPREVI. He has over 10 years experience in the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of projects on security sector reform and violence prevention for international agencies in the Central American region. He also coordinates a Master’s degree program in development studies at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala where he teaches.

Mr Matute holds an MSc in anthropology and development from the London School of Economics, a postgraduate diploma on research of local economic development from FLACSO, Costa Rica, and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello of Chile. He has attended high-level courses and seminars on peace and conflict at Uppsala University, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, and the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey. He has also taken courses on project management and economic issues at the MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and the Istituto di Studi Economici e per L'Occupazione in Italy.