Dialogue on Safety and Security: Insights from Cape Town

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Dialogue on Safety and Security: Insights from Cape Town – Resources


Consortium on Crime and Violence Prevention

Publication date

12 May 2015

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18 May 2015

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In recent years, there has been a shift from a traditional law enforcement approach to crime prevention to one that emphasises community safety and public health. Making a success of such an approach requires community ownership and a multi-sectoral, holistic approaches to dealing with the conditions that give rise to very high levels of crime and violence in certain parts of the world, notably in Latin America and Southern Africa.

The third international Dialogue on Safety and Security took place in Cape Town from 25–27 February 2015. It brought together academics, activists and practitioners in the state and non-state sectors from across the world (see Annexure I). A wide range of presentations were made, focusing mainly on South Africa, but also including material from Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Namibia, Mozambique and Kenya (see Annexure II).

The event was part of a three-year initiative to examine what works and what does not work in public safety in the four participating countries. A key output has been original commissioned research published in Stability: International Journal of Security and Development. The programme has also facilitated international exchange visits by senior police officials from participating countries. The first two dialogues took place in Rio de Janeiro (March 2014) and Mexico City  November 2014). The last dialogue will take place in Bogotá in April 2015.