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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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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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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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Visionary leadership for safer cities and urban transformation

18 Mar 2015 | by Gabriela Aguinaga

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.

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Consultation workshop for safer cities through the IUDF

12 Mar 2015

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.

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Voices From The Streets: Urban citizens' feeling about their safety.

02 Mar 2015 | by Matsetsebale Tleane

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.

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Safer Cities through Better Evidence: The Safe and Inclusive Cities Program

02 Mar 2015 | by Jennifer E. Salahub | International Development Research Centre

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.

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Let’s put safety at the core of South Africa’s national urban development framework

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.

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Enhancing Safety through Upgrading – Experiences from Cape Town

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.

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"Our streets must become democratic spaces!"

27 Jan 2015

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.

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