Cure Violence Rises to #12 on Global NGO List

Cure Violence is ranked 12th in NGO Advisor’s new 2017 report of the Top 500 NGOs in the world, one of the definitive international rankings of non-governmental organizations. Cure Violence has been among the top 20 NGOs ranked by NGO Advisor for four consecutive years and has moved up two places from last year.

The ranking and methodology are online.

Cure Violence, founded in 1995 by Gary Slutkin, professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health and formerly of the World Health Organization, uses disease control and behavior change methods to reduce violence in communities around the world. Cure Violence works to lessen gang and youth violence, as well as cartel, tribal, election and prison violence and is increasingly being consulted on violent extremism. The organization has partners on four continents, including more than 50 communities in 31 cities.

“Being named as one of the top NGOs in the world is truly an honor, and we are happy to share it with our many partners and the organizations implanting the Cure Violence model around the world,” said Slutkin. “The ranking is a recognition of our success in carrying out our core mission of reducing violence using concepts from public health that stress prevention and interruption. Independent research makes clear that when violence interrupters are active in communities, those communities experience a significant reduction in shootings and killings. We look forward to working to make new communities safer in the coming year.”

Cure Violence has demonstrated effectiveness in stopping lethal violence, particularly shootings. Several external evaluations have shown its approach reduces acts of violence by 40 percent to 50 percent in the first year, and up to 70 percent over a two- to three-year period. Reductions in violence begin almost immediately when implemented in a community.