International Dialogue on Citizen Safety

International Dialogue on Citizen Safety – Events

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The Consortium on Crime and Violence Prevention

International Dialogue on Citizen Safety

25 – 27 February 2015
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel,
31 Brickfield Road, Woodstock
Cape Town, South Africa

The Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention and African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum’s Consortium on Crime and Violence Prevention, together with other partners hosted an international dialogue on citizen security and crime and violence prevention.

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The dialogue formed part of a South-South co‐operation on citizen security and will highlight lessons learned on issues of public security, justice reform, penal reform and violence prevention by experts from Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.

On this page, you will find resources from the conference:

  • An introduction including the conference concept note and programme
  • Short video interviews with speakers from the conference
  • Full video recordings of some of the presentations given at the conference

This dialogue was preceded by two other dialogue events in

Dialogue

The purpose of the dialogue was to bring together international and local experts in violence reduction, citizen security promotion, crime prevention and stabilization to share experiences, identify promising practices, discuss challenges and contribute to shared learning.

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment.” Nelson Mandela
The initial discussions on law enforcement to deal with crime has shifted to embrace a crime prevention approach to more recently that of community safety and public health. The latter introduces important elements of community ownership and multi sectorial and developmental approaches to safety. South Africa adopted this preventative and developmental approach since 1996. 

The dialogue also had a dedicated day to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals and the formulation of justice within this agenda.These included the sharing of comparative ideas between Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and South Africa. Participation from other African countries and South African experiences were also presented at the conference.

The increased learning from a comparative perspective served as a foundation for concrete collaborations between organisations and country participants.

For a short summary of the dialogue and it's outcomes, read the blog post Discussing safety and security in South Africa - the importance of dialogues

Download the concept note here     Download the programme here

Download the conference report

 

Interviews with speakers

Bruno Paes Menso - University of Sao Paulo / Journalist
> on the new roles for journalists to promote social justice in Brazil

 

Axolile Notywala - Social Justice Coalition
> on social audits as a means to measure justice as a developmental goal.

 

Dr Robert Muggah - Igarape Institute
> on data visualisation of a global homicide platform to inform public policy around safety.

 

Bruno Langeani - Sou de Paz Institute
> on influencing public policy to improve violence and crime prevention by way of firearm control in Brazil.

 

Prof Peliwe Lolwana - University of the Witswatersrand
> on understanding the causes for service delivery protests and the role that education can play.

 

Dr Vanessa Barolsky - Human Sciences Research Council
> on the impact of social cohesion on violence prevention measures .

 

Nathanael Areseb - Namibian Association for Local Authority Officers
> on engaging with local authorities on safety strategies in Namibia.

 

Betsy Apple - Open Society Foundation
> on the next global development agenda and how it relates to human rights & justice.

 

Session video recordings

OPENING SESSION

The Security Dialogues Project: Context
Robert Muggah, Igarapé Institute

Welcome message: International Development Research Centre
Njeri Karuru, International Development Research Centre

 

THE POST-2015 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Justice as a goal – the advocacy agenda
Betsy Apple, Open Society Foundation

 

LOCAL APPROACHES FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY

Breaking Down Walls: New imaginations for more effective urban crime prevention in South African cities
Monique Marks, Urban Futures Centre, Durban University of Technology

The Role of Upgrading in Improving Safety in Informal Settlements – Experiences from Cape Town
Mercy Brown-Luthango, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town

A Multi-level Approach to Primary Prevention of Crime and Violence: The future of Nelson Mandela Bay
Patrick Burton, Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention

Building Safe and Caring Communities in Namibia: Inspiring glocal multi-sectoral approaches for crime and violence prevention
Nathanael Areseb, Namibian Association for Local Authority Officers

 

THE VALUE OF DATA FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Evaluation of Safety Interventions in Informal Settlements in Cape Town as a Model for Good Practice
Richard Matzopoulos, School of Public Health, University of Cape Town

Deceitful Police Strategies to Curb Down Crime Data
Maria Victoria Llorente, Fundación Ideas para la Paz

Piloting Armed Violence Reduction Approaches in Urban Kenya: Conclusions and lessons
Simon Rynn, Danish Demining Group, Kenya

 

WHAT DOES ‘JUSTICE AS DEVELOPMENT’ LOOK LIKE?

Social Audits as a Mechanism to Promote ‘Justice as Development’
Axolile Notywala, Social Justice Coalition

 

PREVENTION OF YOUTH VIOLENCE AND THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

Addressing Urban Violence through Education: Experiences from Brazil
Michele dos Ramos, Igarapé Institute

The Role of Education in Addressing Urban Violence: South Africa
Amy West and Claire Nowlin, American Institutes for Research

Conflict, Violence and Education: Service delivery protests in South African municipalities
Peliwe Lolwana, Education Policy Unit, University of the Witwatersrand

Searching for Solutions to Cease School-based Violence: A snapshot into SAPS’ involvement, challenges and strategies
Tariro Mutongwizo, Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention

 

SECURITY AND CIVIL SOCIETY OVERSIGHT

Journalism, Citizen Security and Human Rights
Bruno Paes Manso, NEV-University of São Paulo/Independent journalist

Social Cohesion: The missing link in overcoming violence and creating citizen security
Vanessa Barolsky, Human Sciences Research Council

 

CRIME AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION STRATEGIES AND POLICIES

Integrating Safety in Urban Development and Management: The IUDF perspective
Thandeka Kabeni, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Promoting a Safe and Healthy Environment: A primary role for local government in South Africa
Mvuyisile April, South African Local Government Authority

The Community Safety Policy and White Paper on Police in South Africa: An update
Bilkis Omar, Civilian Secretary of Police

 

PUBLIC EVENT

Inequality, safety and development: A conversation and open discussion
Speakers: Albie Sachs, Robert Muggah, Edgar Pieterse and Mukelani Dimba in conversation, facilitated by Vuyiseka Dubula

 

The conference was supported by