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Cross-Pollination: community healing through knowledge exchange

07 Nov 2018 | by Ntombifuthi Ngubane | Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)

This article will provide a summary of the successful workshop titled “Cross-Pollination event: A knowledge exchange that is shared amongst communities” that was organised by the Community Intervention team with the support from the Knowledge and Learning team.

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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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The role of the police in crime prevention: Unpacking the 2016 White Papers on Policing, Safety & Security

The adoption of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security and the 2016 White Paper on Policing mark an important shift in conversations around crime and violence in South Africa, specifically regarding the role of the police in prevention, and the need to address the underlying causes of crime and violence.

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Towards safer cities: First national report on urban safety in South Africa

29 Jun 2016 | by Urban Safety Reference Group

The first national report of its kind, the State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report 2016 makes the case for integrated, evidence-based urban safety responses driven at city-level.

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New White Paper on Safety and Security: An integrated approach to preventing violence and crime

22 Jun 2016

The new 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security was adopted by the South African Cabinet earlier this year as a policy on safety, crime and violence prevention that promotes an integrated and holistic approach to safety and security in line with the National Development Plan.

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Designing for Safer Inner-City Parks in Johannesburg

This post shares experiences from the upgrade of End Street North Park in inner-city Johannesburg; a pilot project that tests a participatory approach to park design and management for safety. It attempts a more socially inclusive, and community-oriented approach to park design and management.

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Drivers of violence in Mexico City – and what South Africa can learn from it

25 Feb 2016

A recent study into crime patterns in Mexico City reveals that criminal violence is concentrated in key hot spot areas with certain socio-economic characteristics. Hence the authors call for targeted prevention strategies. The study holds interesting lessons for reflecting on violence and crime prevention in South Africa.

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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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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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