The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Program strives to create a stronger, more systematized knowledge base on drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean; to build capacity—both institutional and individual—by supporting relevant research; and to encourage policy-relevant, evidence-based research that informs the development of alternatives to present-day drug policies in the region and beyond.
The program supports research on drugs, including their relationship to citizen security and democratic governance, across a variety of disciplines—anthropology, criminology, economics, history, international relations, journalism, legal studies, political science, public health, public policy, sociology, and other related fields. The program seeks to foster a global interdisciplinary network of researchers engaged with drug policy, committed to policy-relevant outcomes, and who can communicate their findings to relevant audiences.
The DSD Program achieves its goals through various activities, including a fellowship competition, short-term targeted research projects, thematic workshops, and partnerships with relevant stakeholders in the field of drugs.
DSD Program is funded by the Open Society Foundations.
The eight articles that compose this series offer a multidisciplinary view of therapeutic communities in Brazil, expanding and deepening the existing literature and offering powerful contributions to a substantive analysis of therapeutic communities as instruments of public policy.