The Igarapé Institute

The Igarapé Institute
Rua Visconde de Caravelas
111 Botafogo
Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Brasil 22271-041

The Igarapé Institute is a think tank based in Brazil devoted to evidence-based policy and action on complex security and development challenges. The Institute’s approach emphasizes: (i) diagnostics and research, (ii) informed debate and action across public and private spheres, and (iii) the design of tailor-made solutions that are people-centred. The Institute regularly issues policy and research papers at

The Igarapé Institute currently works on three themes: global and national drug policy, violence prevention and reduction, and international cooperation and assistance. It serves as the Secretariat for the Global Commission on Drug Policy and promotes assessments and evaluations of violence reduction projects across Latin America. Working at the global, regional, and national levels, the Institute is a reference for governments, private sector actors, international agencies and non-governmental organizations. The Igarapé Institute has research partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean, Western Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The Igarapé Institute is based in Rio de Janeiro, with branches in Brasília and São Paulo. It has partnerships and projects with foreign ministries, the police and justice sectors, and development actors in Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, Guatemala, the United States of America and across Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe. The Institute collaborates with a wide range of partners including, among others, Canada, Norway, United Kingdom, the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Google, Open Society Foundations, the International Development Research Centre, the United Nations and private donors.

VPA focal person

Robert Muggah

Dr Robert Muggah is Research Director of the Igarapé Institute, a Principal of the SecDev Group, and a Professor at the Instituto de Relações Internacionais, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. From Brazil he directs several projects on international cooperation, violence prevention, drug policy, cyber-crime, and humanitarian action in non-war settings. Dr Muggah received his DPhil at Oxford University and his MPhil at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex.

For the past ten years Dr Muggah has been a research director at the Small Arms Survey and an adviser to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank. He has worked with multilateral and bilateral agencies in more than thirty countries on issues of arms control, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, security sector reform, stability operations, and gang violence reduction. His most recent collaboration with Google has also led to a new project on applications for "smart policing".

Dr Muggah´s work has published widely in academic and policy journals. Most recently, he edited Stability operations, security and development (New York: Routledge, 2013) and co-edited the Global burden of armed violence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is also the author of Security and post-conflict reconstruction: dealing with fighters in the aftermath of war (New York: Routledge, 2009), Relocation failures in Sri Lanka: a short history of internal displacement (London: Zed Books, 2008), and No refuge: the crisis of refugee militarization in Africa (London: Zed Books 2006) and has contributed more than a dozen chapters to the Small Arms Survey since 2001. Dr Muggah has also been involved in co-writing and advising on documentary films on violence, drug policy, and development.