Linking hands to voices: Hand mapping in contexts of violence and insecurity

05 Jun 2018 | by Gill Black, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation

How can a participatory approach enable a better understanding of the ways in which identity and intersecting inequalities block accountability processes? This is the question that the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation has been exploring in their most recent action research process with the Delft Safety Group. And this was the question that catalysed the development of a novel participatory visual research method - hand mapping. Read more in this blog by Gill Black, co-director and leader of health participation at the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation.

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The industry transformed and captured through violence: hitmen empowering themselves

22 May 2018 | by Azwi Netshikulwe, Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)

In 2017, Azwi Netshikulwe and Ncedo Mngqibisa, Researchers at the Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), conducted fieldwork in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng focusing on political assassinations and taxi violence. The fieldwork was part of a study conducted by UCT’s Centre for Criminology and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime (GITOC) in collaboration with SaVI. This article is based on findings from this fieldwork.

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Building a new cohort of Youth Leaders that advocate for Safer Communities in SA

22 May 2018 | by Matsetsebale Tleane, Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

The Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and its partners trained over 120 young people as youth leaders and ambassadors of safer communities in two provinces, Gauteng and Eastern Cape. The purpose of this training is capacity-building of young leaders who can then contribute to the building of safer communities and to reducing crime and violence, which is on the rise in South African communities.

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How prioritising education in South Africa can prevent violence

02 May 2018 | by Cassidy Parker, ISS Consultant

The Seven Passes Initiative shows how supporting children with schoolwork creates a better society.

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Safety as the Bedrock of Open Streets

20 Apr 2018 | by Marco Geretto, Urban Designer and Co-founder of Open Streets Cape Town

At the most basic level, we have a collective responsibility to make the streets in front of our homes safer. Not by exclusion, but by looking out for one another. The more we intentionally participate in street life, the safer our streets become.

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Creating safe new ways of experiencing our cities

28 Mar 2018 | by Marcela Guerrero Casas, Open Streets Cape Town

The creation of a safe, non-commercial and welcoming public space in Cape Town is necessary to challenge the barriers cemented in the past which taint our experience of the present and keep us apart.

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Global trends, nationalism and xenophobia

26 Mar 2018 | by Lauren October

Migration has always been a hotly contested global topic and it will remain one, as long as there are inequalities in the world which render some areas more dangerous and impoverished than others. Although international migration policies have become increasingly liberal, national migration policies appear to be getting stricter and anti-foreigner sentiment seems to be on the rise. Why is this the case?

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The Role of Taxi Associations as Agents of Social Control and Community Policing

05 Mar 2018 | by Azwi Netshikulwe, Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)

On the 27th of February 2018, the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town hosted a seminar with Azwi Netshikulwe and Ncedo Mngqibisa from the Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI), titled The role of taxi associations as agents of social control and community policing. The researchers presented a case study of the role taxi associations play in community policing and social control in the informal settlements of Khayelitsha and Du Noon, in Cape Town.

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Developed countries must commit to ending violence against children

All children are vulnerable to violence, yet wealthy countries lag behind in global efforts to solve it.

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Fortress Kruger to Fortified communities? The Impact of Green Militarization on Communities

22 Feb 2018 | by Samantha Sithole

Environmental groups alongside international organisations have advocated for an immediate and effective approach to save the rhino through the eradication of poaching. Although there have been attempts by SANParks to integrate communities with conservation and natural resources, militarization has instead resulted in their alienation due to the violent and coercive nature of anti-poaching efforts.

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