Up-scaling Area-Based Violence Prevention Intervention to respond to challenges exacerbated by Covid-19 pandemic

Up-scaling Area-Based Violence Prevention Intervention to respond to challenges exacerbated by Covid-19 pandemic – Be inspired

In a nutshell

The Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (GIZ-VCP) is a partnership programme agreed to between the Governments of South Africa and Germany. The programme seeks to contribute to the national development priority of creating a safer South Africa – in collaboration with the South African government, especially local government – by addressing the root causes of violence and crime through promoting integrated, holistic and developmental prevention approaches. 

What we do

With an initial time-horizon of 9 months, starting in October 2020, the initiative is envisaged as a steppingstone to on-going institutionalization of key area-based violence prevention tools within government and civil society. The Guides to Designing integrated Violence Prevention Interventions will support the process to work with selected sites throughout the country.

The Non-Profit Company Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU NPC) and Isandla Institute are jointly responsible for implementing the measure through two distinct but inter-related components

  • A practice “Laboratory”, involving capacity-building with the participation of 10 municipalities, including Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and mentoring support across the country, focusing on co-designing and implementing practical, area-based solutions to violence-related challenges.
  • A broader “learning network” of CSOs, municipalities, national government departments and agencies will share knowledge around key area-based violence prevention themes, drawn from the experiences of the GIZ-VCP and related initiatives, the practical “laboratory” process, and the range of participating organisations.

How we do it

Through a process of applying to be part of the Laboratory Pathway, 10 municipalities were selected. These are City of Johannesburg, eThekwini Municipality, City of uMhlathuze, King Sabata Dalindyebo, Sol Plaatje, Greater Kokstad, Msunduzi Municipality, Sol Plaatje, Tsantsabane Municipality and Ngqushwa Municipality. These municipalities will be participating with a selection of up to two sites together with their counterpart, a Civil Society Organization to work on Violence Prevention initiatives. After an intense capacity building process, a situational analysis will be done in four municipalities with the further support and implementation of a Community Development Fund during the first semester of 2021. The Laboratory pathway will kick off in October to invite CSOs to monthly peer-to-peer learning events as well as two bigger multi-stakeholder events to share and disseminate knowledge further

A Steering Committee, led by the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) and the Department of Human Settlement (DHS), oversees and endorses the programme.

What we have achieved

The project has started in mid-2020, but the process is aimed at further developing the violence and crime prevention knowledge built up in the course of the GIZ-VCP programme with its partners and the work around area-based violence prevention intervention. It is also envisioned to embed this knowledge institutionally within relevant national government departments, key municipalities and within civil society to ensure sustainability as well as to mobilise local violence prevention intervention thinking in order to address community violence and crime prevention challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

What we have learned

During the development of the Guides to Designing Area-Based Violence Prevention intervention we have learned that integrating long-term interventions for effective violence prevention in municipal planning mechanism that respond to localized challenges and knowledge is key. Moreover, it is important to have strong community ownership and participation on area-based violence prevention interventions. The six guides, with each a specific topic, seek to unlock working holistically on a whole-of-society approach, as well as working on evidence-based and integrated approaches to sustainable violence prevention interventions.