Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
The VISION of the CSVR is societies that are peaceful, equal and free of violence. The MISSION of the CSVR is to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace at community, national and regional levels. We do this through collaboration with and learning from the lived and diverse experiences of communities affected by violence and conflict to Inform innovative interventions; generate knowledge; shape public discourse; influence policy; hold states accountable; promote gender equality; and promote social cohesion, integration and active citizenship. www.csvr.org.za

Library Articles

#Hashtag An Analysis of the # FeesMustFall Movement at South African Universities

"Student-led protests gained momentum in 2015/16 and spread across the country. The #FeesMustFall movement sparked heated debates on fee increases in universities. Other demands by students included the decolonisation of the educational system, transformation of universities to address racial and gender inequalities in terms of staff composition, as well as insourcing of general workers. The...

Integrated Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation into Policy-Oriented Research : Lessons from CSVR's Urban Violence Project

"This report reflects on the design and implementation of an LME plan for a policy-oriented and community based research project, identifying the benefits and challenges of conducting LME in such a research context and sharing lessons learnt in the process. It discusses LME strategies, describes specific exercises and provides examples of occasions when LME shaped the course of the project....

Evidence-based Strategies for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence in South Africa: A Case Study of CSVR

"The research findings of this review were used by the CSVR’s Gender-Based Violence Programme to inform and develop evidence-based violence prevention interventions in communities. Over the last decade, South Africa has developed progressive legislation and policy frameworks which attempt to address GBV. Various campaigns (e.g., 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children...

Mapping Local Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response Strategies in South Africa

"This report has covered a range of gender violence prevention initiatives implemented by the state and various NGOs. These interventions demonstrate that a lot is being done to address the problem of GBV in the country and show promising results in terms of how GBV can be prevented at individual, community and national levels. However, one main limitation is that the effectiveness of these...

Women's Contribution to Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention through the Community Work Programme

"The Community Work Programme (CWP) is a public employment programme that provides two days of work per week to unemployed and underemployed people in economically marginalised areas. The CWP aims to be an employment safety net, ensuring a basic stable income for residents of CWP sites. CWP participants are intended to do ‘useful work’, defined as work that ‘contributes to the public good,...

The Good, the Better and the Best: How the Community Work Programme can Reach its Full Potential as an Instrument of Community Development in South Africa

By providing an employment safety net, the CWP offers enormous benefits. Although the payments that people receive are relatively small, they contribute to raising average household incomes and stimulating local economies in areas with high levels of poverty and unemployment. It is a major undertaking to establish and manage a CWP site in an efficient and fair manner. The basic management of...

Working for Safety: The Community Work Programme as a Tool for Preventing Violence and Building Safer Communities

The primary purpose of the CWP is to provide an employment safety net. By working in the CWP people who are poor can obtain a basic stable income. But the CWP also makes a big difference to life in the communities in which it is situated. Through the work that it does it contributes to community development. CWP participants do many different types of work. These include things like care work,...

Rehabilitation: A Priority Need for Torture Victims

"An act of torture causes severe pain or suffering either physically or mentally on the victim. The aim of any torturer is to break the victim and this also leads to the destruction of the identity of the victim and the breaking of their personality. Torture always creates continuing after-effects in the victim’s life, often scarring them physically or mentally for life. Once broken, a...

A Case Study of the Ivory Park Community Work Programme

The CWP provides two days of work per week (up to 100 days per year) to unemployed people who have been enrolled into the programme. This enables participants to use the other three days to look for long-term employment and other opportunities. This report is based on a research study which was conducted in Ivory Park between June and September 2014. The aim of the research in Ivory Park was...

A Follow-up Report on the Community Work Programme in Bokfontein

In this community, people worked in various projects such as road maintenance, gardening, home-based care, afterschool care, cutting grass, installing pipes for water, and working on the park. All these projects were also found to be effective in facilitating peace, reconciliation and healing amongst community members. It is against this backdrop that we were interested to explore the long-term...

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