Assessing the Impact of State-Community Collaboration to Address Urban Violence in South Africa

A number of factors cause urban violence-and they require both short and long-term interventions. Many countries direct huge amounts of resources at what governments believe to be the root causes of urban violence. These interventions often take the form of poverty reduction programs because they are seen to act as violence prevention initiatives. The South African government has rolled out many such programs throughout the country. This project will assess whether these initiatives were successful in reducing violence. Researchers will also identify the critical factors that helped shape programs that were successful in addressing both poverty and urban violence. The study will do so in six selected communities in three cities in South Africa where the project has been implemented. It will then compare and contrast these findings to control cases where interventions did not take place. More specifically, the objectives are to: -identify the most effective strategies for addressing urban violence; -help shape theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding urban violence; -develop a group of South African researchers with skills and experience in researching urban violence; -inform policymakers in South Africa and globally of more effective intervention options to deal with urban violence; and, -build community capacity to engage with state violence prevention initiatives. This project is part of the Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC) research initiative designed to build an evidence base on the connections between urban violence, poverty, and inequalities. Jointly funded by IDRC and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, the SAIC program also seeks to identify the most effective strategies for addressing these challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Project ID

107328

Project status

Active

Start Date

Friday, December 21, 2012

Duration

30 months

IDRC Officer

Jennifer Salahub

Total funding

CA$ 525,010

Countries

South Africa, United Kingdom

Program

Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Hugo van der Merwe

Project Leader

Naeemullah Mohammad

Institution

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website

http://www.csvr.org.za

Project Leader

Hugo van der Merwe

Project Leader

Naeemullah Mohammad

Institution

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website

http://www.csvr.org.za