Global Change

How Do We Make the World a Better Place?


May 14, 2015 12:34 EDT

Reducing violence-related spending by as little as 25% could free up $2.3 trillion to invest in peace-building.

Despite the fact that we live in the least violent time in our history, recent years have seen a sharp decline in levels of peace. According to the Global Peace Index, this trend is not evenly distributed across the world.

Since 2008, 51 countries have seen an increase in stability, but 111 have deteriorated. These countries experience a 12 times higher homicide rate, concentrating 85% of all global terrorist activity.

The Institute of Economics and Peace estimate that approximately 500 million people live in places with high risk of unrest. So, what can be done to reverse this trend?

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