In the 90s, the major cities in Colombia, Medellin and Bogota, were characterized by urban decay poverty and violence. However, a decentralization process that provided mayors with more independence and political power, combined with new wave of urban philosophy and a national need for profound change, paved the way for the emergence of new political leaders, that radically transformed the cities at a speed that no one could have imagined.
This articles gives an overview of the consultation workshop of the draft Integrated Urban Development Framework for urban safety held by the South African Cities Network (SACN) and the GIZ (Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit) on the 3rd March 2015 at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, Gauteng.
The Civilian Secretariat for Police is inviting public comment on the Draft White Paper on Safety and Security with a view to submitting it to Cabinet for approval for its introduction into Parliament.
This article is based on brief interviews conducted on the streets of Pretoria, South Africa, where ordinary urban citizens voiced out how safe they feel in public spaces and what they recommend could be done to improve safety.
Jennifer Erin Salahub of the Safe and Inclusive Cities Program explains the importance of understanding the root cause of violence in developing countries, for an evidence based intervention by violence and crime prevention agents.
The Johannesburg City Safety Strategy, has shifted the focus on what constitutes a safe city from crime and violence alone to viewing crime through a multitude of factors.
Siphelele Ngobese, Co-ordinator of the Urban Safety Reference Group hosted by the South African Cities Network (SACN) explains why community safety and violence and crime prevention should be an integral part of the Integrated Urban Development Framework and encourages you to contribute to the debate.
In this article, Mercy Brown-Luthango from the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town shares preliminary findings from a research project that looks at the effectiveness of different urban upgrading approaches with regards to safety.
In this interview, Luyanda Mpahlwa - a Cape Town based architect and director of DesignSpaceAfrica - speaks about urban development in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the need for integrated urban transformation in townships, and why we must revive public street culture to make urban spaces in South Africa safer.
The success story of the city of Medellin in reducing violence through a holistic prevention approach. Sharing lessons learned and insights of successful violence prevention in Colombia.