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3 June 2021
Invitation: SaferSpaces Online Conference
On 7 and 8 June 2021 SaferSpaces will host an online conference on violence prevention in South Africa. The conference will cover a range of topics specifically related to the White Paper on Safety and Security (2016) and other more recent violence prevention policy documents.

In the past years there has been significant progress in shifting ‘prevention’ to a more prominent place in the public agenda when discussing the Nation’s response to high rates of violence and crime. However, this shift needs to be further encouraged. Preventative approaches must continue to demonstrate that the time and money invested will result in safer South African communities. This way it can be advocated for a strong narrative on the evidence and cost-benefit ratio of prevention.

Join the discussion at the “Preventing Violence in South Africa: From policy making to evidence-based implementation” virtual conference. In a series of webinars on the 7th and 8th of June, we will draw from the existing knowledge, evidence, and expertise of the civil society, academic and public sectors of violence prevention to further the evidence-based implementation of the White Paper on Safety and Security, the Integrated Crime and Violence Prevention Strategy, and the National Strategic Plan on Gender-based Violence and Femicide.

The aim of this conference is to create a platform for practitioners from different sectors to discuss the policy framework and its implementation in relation to a whole-of-society-approach. The aim is also to address political decision-makers and to create stronger awareness for the prevention agenda through the strong rationale and substantial evidence of the holistic approach of prevention.

Draft Agenda

Session 1 (10:00 - 12:00): Turning evidence into policies and policies into evidence-based implementation

In this session we will interrogate the questions of how policy making in the violence and crime prevention sector in South Africa is influenced by evidence; how the resulting policy frameworks can be implemented efficiently and effectively; and what role evidence-based approaches play.

Speakers:

  • Matodzi Amisi (TBC), Mandela School of Public Governance: Introduction to evidence-based approaches.
  • Lizette Lancaster, Institute for Security Studies: The role of (dis)aggregated data for policy making and implementation.
  • Shanaaz Matthews, Children’s Institute: inputs on implementation science.
  • Lillian Mashele, Civilian Secretariat for Police: Evidence in policy making for violence prevention.

Moderator: Dr Guy Lamb, Safety and Violence Initiative, UCT

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Session 2 (12:30 - 14:15): The role of police in violence prevention: harnessing the synergies

This session aims to understand how the 2016 White Paper on Policing and the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security interact; determine the real contribution police can make to security and a post-crime response of the criminal justice system; as well as discuss the potential of the police to play an active role in the prevention of violence and crime in South African communities.

Speakers:

  • Themba Masuku (TBC), African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum: Real contribution of police
  • Andrew Faull, Institute for Security Studies: Evidence-based policing
  • Jean Redpath, University of the Western Cape: Equitable distribution of police resources
  • Major General Oswald Reddy, SAPS Garden Route District – Eden Cluster Commander: Safety initiatives from SAPS

Moderator: Dr Guy Lamb, Safety and Violence Initiative, UCT

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Session 3 (14:30 - 16:30): Preventing Violence through the Promotion of Gender Equality

In this session we want to ask the question of what needs to be done to prevent the experience or perpetration of violence based on a person’s gender. Specifically, we will discuss the approach of gender-transformative interventions.

Speakers:

  • Rumbi Chidoori, Sonke Gender Justice: The impact of harmful gender norms on GBVF and violence in general
  • Luxolo Matomela, GIZ-Partnerships for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls in Southern Africa: Gender norms in media and the influence on GBVF
  • Laura Washington, Project Empower: Gender-transformative approaches and the Stepping Stones and Creating Futures approach
  • Esther Maluleke (TBC), Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities: The integration of gender-transformative approaches in the NSP GBVF

Moderator: Franziska Frische, GIZ South Africa

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Session 4 (09:00 - 11:00): Building resilient communities: Public infrastructure and environmental design for prevention

South Africa’s spatial and socio-economic characteristics and the country’s history of forced segregation have resulted in a distinct relationship between crime and the physical location and environment. In this session we discuss area-based violence prevention interventions and how they target the specific conditions and demands of a certain community. How exactly can we make them work and sustain the impact? What are the core lessons learned of the South African violence prevention sector in regard to area-based approaches? And what needs to be done to scale-up successful approaches?

Speakers:

  • Tinus Kruger, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research: The influence of the physical environment on community safety
  • Gianna Maita (TBC), Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading: How to effectively design area-based approaches in violence prevention
  • Jennifer van den Bussche (TBC), Sticky Situations: The link of public sanitation infrastructure and safety
  • Siphelele Ngobese, South African Cities Network: Integrated public service delivery for safety

Moderator: Thomas Hellman, GIZ South Africa (TBC)

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Session 5 (11:30 - 13.30): Growing up in South Africa: Safety in Childhood and young adulthood

In this session we discuss the role of safety in the early life of South Africans, and how the prosperous development of a young generation of South Africans can be achieved to form an inclusive and safe society with equal opportunities for everyone to thrive.

Speakers:

  • TBC, Ambassador of the National Youth Resilience Initiative: Youth violence and resilience
  • Katherine Frost, South African Parenting Programme Implementer's Network (SAPPIN): Evidence of positive parenting and possibilities to upscale successful interventions
  • Deevia Bhana, University of KwaZulu Natal: Safety in schools
  • Andisiwe Mbelekane (TBC), Masifunde: The role of young people advocating for safety

Moderator: Lauren October, Safety and Violence Initiative, UCT

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Session 6 (14:00 - 16:00): How do we implement a whole of society approach? 

At the end of the conference, we will discuss how an intersectoral approach to violence and crime prevention in South Africa can succeed by combining resources, harnessing knowledge and experience, sharing responsibilities and coordinating activities collectively. What concrete ways can enable cooperation between all levels and sectors of government, civil society, academia, private sector as well as the South African citizens themselves to work together for safer communities in South Africa?

Speakers:

  • Joint presentation: Diketso Mufamadi, Institute for Security Studies and Tshepiso Machabaphala, Department of Health: The Violence Prevention Forum and how to make multi-stakeholder collaborations work
  • Bilkis Omar (TBC), Civilian Secretariat for Police Services: The government approach to a whole-of-society approach
  • Guy Lamb, Safety and Violence Initiative: The academic contribution to violence prevention in South Africa

Moderator: Melanie Lue Dugmore, Independent Consultant

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please join us for the discussion and register for the sessions you are interested in!