Welcome to the upgraded SaferSpaces!

28 Jul 2015

A new member dashboard, simpler navigation and a research section: The upgraded SaferSpaces makes it easier to use SaferSpaces, share knowledge and connect with each other.

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Be the change in your community

23 Jun 2015 | by Nyiko Hlungwani

In this interview, Linda Zali - skills facilitator at Masifunde Learner Development in Walmer township (Port Elizabeth) - speaks about why young people get involved in violence and how they can become change makers who contribute to a safer community.

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Mainstreaming Urban Safety and Inclusion: Reflections on a short course

The Mainstreaming Urban Safety and Inclusion short course provided municipal officials and other practitioners involved in urban upgrading with information and tools to prevent violence and crime by planning for safety within upgrading projects.

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Xenophobia and Migration: Adjust our urban policies towards safer cities for all

A progressive agenda around migration is critical for making South African cities safe for all, says Siphelele Ngobese (South African Cities Network). It is a key consideration in thinking about the growth, stability and future of cities.

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Understanding the drivers of urban violence: Research insights from South Africa, India and Brazil

22 May 2015

What are the main drivers of urban violence in the global South? The IDRC’s Safe and Inclusive Cities Programme aims to address key gaps in knowledge on the issue and test the effectiveness of violence reduction theories, strategies, and interventions.

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"It's time to get out of our comfort zones"

12 May 2015 | by Interview with Sadick Da Silva

Sadick Da Silva has been working with youth in communities in the Cape Flats for over thirty years. In this interview, Sadick speaks about how sports programmes can help strengthening youth and uplifting their communities, the challenges NGOs face in their work and why we need to start pointing fingers at ourselves.

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Stopping violence starts at home

20 Apr 2015 | by Daniel Brumund | GIZ South Africa

South Africa takes a front seat when it comes to developing and evaluating programmes that have a proven impact in preventing violence. This was one of the key messages at a seminar by the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria on the 15th of April 2015. The speakers presented research as to how investing in primary prevention of violence, particularly evidence-based parenting and early-childhood interventions, has proven to be effective in reducing and preventing violent behaviour.

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The IUDF: our chance to plan and design safer cities for South Africa

The IUDF should be commended for the fact that it incorporates discussions on safety and crime and violence prevention. It includes a section dedicated to urban safety and also identifies interventions to support the creation of safer urban spaces. There are, however, possible opportunities to strengthen the document by modifying or enhancing certain elements.

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Discussing safety and security in South Africa – the importance of dialogues

07 Apr 2015

The International Dialogue on Citizen Safety took place on the 25th – 27th February 2015 in Cape Town. It was aimed at promoting comparative learning on challenges and successes, as an important component in measuring the impact of the success of violence and crime prevention initiatives. In this post, Lorenzo Wakefield, from APCOF, reflects upon the importance of such international dialogues.

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Violence prevention: critical to national development

In this commentary on the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), Chandré Gould from the Institute for Security Studies explains why there is a need to focus on early childhood interventions if we want to sustainably reduce crime and violence in South Africa.

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