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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 basi...

Reducing Violence in South Africa: From Policing to Prevention

South Africa is one of the 10 most violent countries in the world, despite having achieved massive reductions in homicide levels since 1994. Murder has increased annually over the past four years (2012/13-2015/16). This raises the question of wh...

Reducing Violence in South Africa: Resourcing Violence Prevention

Government budgets are much like household budgets. In households, we make decisions about how to allocate limited income to buy food, pay for education, transport, childcare and so on. In the same way, a government needs to make decisions about h...

What will it take to Prevent Interpersonal Violence in South Africa?

This policy brief presents an analysis of six factors that stand in the way of effectively preventing interpersonal violence in South Africa, and suggests how they might be overcome. It is a product of the Dialogue Forum for evidence-based progr...

Western Cape After School Game Changer: A Violence Prevention Intervention?

Government and civil society in South Africa urgently need to find innovative ways to prevent violence. The Western Cape Government’s After School Game Changer (ASGC) aims to disrupt the pathways for risky and violent behaviours among young people...

Violence and Transition Project Phase 3 (VTP 3): The Transformation of Violence through an African Comparative Lens: Lessons for Violence Prevention

This is a summarised version of the draft consolidated Kenya VTP3 research report. The synopsis is based on two themes; Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Informal Armed Formations (IAF), as part of a larger comparative research project entitled, “Vi...

How to Map Violence Without Police Data

Reducing violence requires knowing how it occurs and tailoring responses accordingly. Understanding where, when and how murder takes place also provides insights into other violent crime trends. This can be achieved by plotting murder on maps, b...

Participatory Methods in Violence Prevention: Lessons from CSVR's Collaboration with the Community Work Programme in South Africa

CSVR has been conducting research on South Africa’s Community Work Programme (CWP) since 2010. In 2016, the organisation commenced with an effort to strengthen urban violence prevention interventions carried out by CWP through their work. This r...

Preventing Violent Extremism: Lessons from Africa

Many efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism in Africa are being carried out by local and international organisations. Despite this work and considerable amounts of funding for these initiatives, practitioners still struggle to determine ...

Summative Report: Learnings from Participants' Reflections on the Strengthening Urban Violence Prevention Through the Community Work Programme (CWP) Project

Reflecting on the participants’ experiences, it seemed that the project had both strengths and weaknesses in its different phases. Related to the training, participants reported increased knowledge, changes in their attitudes and personal lives ...

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