Safety of public spaces and within communities impacts profoundly on the mobility and quality of life of citizens and their opportunities to participate in public life and developmental processes. The causes of violence in South Africa are multi-layered and complex. Confronting them requires a systemic approach that facilitates active cooperation across disciplines and stakeholders as well as on all levels, from national to local.
As a response, the South African government has developed a number of comprehensive policies and strategies that provide important frameworks for preventing violence and promoting community safety. These include the Integrated Social Crime Prevention Strategy, the Integrated Urban Development Framework and the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security.
Safety planning at local level
The Toolkit for Participatory Safety Planning provides participatory tools and methods that are in line with the principles of the ‘National Development Plan - Vision 2030’. It aims to support the implementation of the above-mentioned national policies at local level, e.g. through the work of Community Safety Fora and the integration of safety into municipal Integrated Development Planning.
The toolkit guides users in the systemic planning of violence prevention and safety measures at local level. It helps identify risk factors as well as sources of resilience to build on when planning measures and interventions towards promoting community safety. Engaging communities in making their own environments safer can achieve long-term behaviour change in young people and those that influence them directly or indirectly.
The toolkit draws on existing knowledge, research, guidelines and manuals to promote an integrated and holistic way of addressing the multiple causes of violence and crime.
Who can use the Toolkit?
The toolkit is an open source product accessible to practitioners from across sectors and professional disciplines that aim to understand and raise awareness on systemic approaches to violence prevention.
Being in a draft stage, the toolkit is currently tried and tested by practitioners from all spheres of government, civil society organisations, academia and the private sector.
The pick-and-mix approach allows for a selection of tools according to the practitioners specific needs and context as well as for a structured use of the whole toolkit, guiding through the entire process of safety planning including the monitoring of project implementation.
Sections of the Toolkit
The Toolkit provides an overview on the situation regarding violence and crime in South Africa and offers a comprehensive conceptual framework on the systemic approach to violence prevention, the causes of violence and crime and the creation of behaviour change in young people as well as significant others that influence them directly or indirectly.
It consists of an introductory chapter and five sections that provide a range of tried and tested tools and methods to pick-and-mix according to the user’s demand and specific context.
Tackling violence in South Africa: Backgrounds and Concepts
Setting the Scene for Participation
Collecting Data and Information
Analysing the Safety Situation
Planning Safety Initiatives
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
For more information
If you'd like to receive more information, please contact:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Contact: Terence Smith