In April 2004, six established NGOs and academic centers joined together to form a unique alliance called Altus. With members spanning five continents, Altus promotes safety and justice from a multicultural perspective, encouraging comparative analysis across countries and a larger role for civil society in advancing justice. Drawing on the knowledge and resources of the entire alliance, Altus members help public officials in their regions identify and develop empirically tested models of respectful policing, quality legal services for the poor, victim services and other practices and policies that fit local needs. Altus also helps NGOs around the world work more effectively with the governments and play a larger role in shaping solutions to problems of crime and injustice.

GLOBAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR:

Dr. Rainuka Dagar
Altus-India

MISSION

  • To work across continents and from a multicultural perspective to improve public safety and justice;
  • To generate a new body of comparative knowledge about safety and justice as well as cross-cultural research methods and tools;
  • To work with governments to study social problems and explore new ways of delivering justice;
  • To provide an efficient platform to connect reformers around the world and make progress on issues of global importance related to the criminal justice system;
  • To gather and disseminate information, knowledge and experiences regarding criminal justice systems around the world.

MEMBERS

CENTER FOR STUDIES ON PUBLIC SAFETY,SANTIAGO, CHILE

CESC aims to contribute, from research, teaching and extension, to the design of democratic public policies in regard to criminality, through the analysis and understanding of the social factors which condition it and of the policies which seek to reduce it.

CENTER FOR STUDIES ON PUBLIC SECURITY AND CITIZENSHIP, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

CESeC works through applied research, consultancy, courses and events in the areas of public security, justice and citizenship. Its commitment is to help modernize the Brazilian criminal justice system as a means of strengthening democracy in the country.

INDEM FOUNDATION, MOSCOW, RUSSIA

INDEM conducts projects which ensure the development of democratic institutions in Russia. INDEM also analyzes Russia’s key problems (particularly corruption and justice isues), implements new research methodology and consults with the government and regional NGOs.

VERA INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Vera Institute of Justice studies social problems and current responses, develops innovative programs that often grow into lasting organizations, and provides practical advice to leaders in the public and private sectors around the world.

INSTITUTE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATION, CHANDIGARH, INDIA

IDC researches and provides training on issues of governance, peace and human rights in particular gender and minority rights. Its multicultural perspective is reflected in its methodology, tools and strategy. Working from the supply side of justice it supports government efforts to institutionalize and anchor the delivery of justice.

Recent Projects

  • Punjab and haryana development reports
  • A comparative study on citizen centric governance
  • Justice indicator index: a case study of punjab
  • Evaluation of infrastructure development in punjab
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Resources

  • Training Mannuals
  • Booklets English
  • Punjabi Resources
  • Hindi Resources
  • Video Resource Material