People to People Dialogues: Situational Analysis Synthesis Report

People to People Dialogues: Situational Analysis Synthesis Report – Research

Duration: 01 Nov 2018 – 01 May 2019

Topics: Community Policing, Hate Crime / Xenophobia, Public violence

Location: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape


Funding sources: US AID ALPS Resilience


This synthesis report is based on a qualitative study conducted by the Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on behalf of ALPS Resilience. It is part of a broader project: the ‘People to People Dialogues: Fostering social cohesion in South Africa through conversation’ project (P2P). 

The core SaVI team conducted a research project funded by USAID and in partnership with ALPS Resilience that focused on 15 communities across 4 provinces in South Africa (Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and Western Cape) focusing on xenophobic violence.

In the second of half of 2018, the Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) from the University of Cape Town (UCT), began the research end phase of the project, identifying the drivers of xenophobia, levels of existing community resilience, and key actors within the each of the locations. The resulting situational analyses will provide the evidence base necessary to design and implement effective, context-specific community dialogues in 2019.