Safer Places: Resilient Institutions and Neighbourhoods Together (SPRINT)

The Safer Places: Resilient Institutions and Neighbourhoods Together (SPRINT). Project was conceptualised in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to grow the capacity of CSOs and local government in the utilisation of Area-Based Violence Prevention Interventions (ABVPI).

Violence and crime are systemic in South Africa and are rooted in a range of risk factors, like poverty, unemployment, inequality, prejudicial attitudes and weak social cohesion. In recent times, we have seen an increase in the levels of violence and crime, partly due to the impact of COVID-19. Isandla Institute convenes a network of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), who are discussing how to advance safety and violence prevention under the umbrella of Safer Places: Resilient Institutions and Neighbourhoods Together (SPRINT).

The SPRINT Project was conceptualised in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to grow the capacity of CSOs and local government in the utilisation of Area-Based Violence Prevention Interventions (ABVPI). The SPRINT Project aims to provide a platform for CSOs and local government to discuss violence prevention challenges exacerbated by the pandemic. The SPRINT Project is a joint initiative of the South African German Development Cooperation, implemented by GIZ - The Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention (VCP) Programme, Isandla Institute and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU).

The SPRINT Project has two distinct, but inter-related, pathways which work towards the institutionalisation of effective ABVPI approaches integrated into the management of vulnerable, urban communities.

The SPRINT Project pathways are:

  • A broader “Learning Network pathway”: a series of knowledge sharing exchanges through which CSOs, municipalities and national government departments and agencies better understand the context in which VPI are implemented and the systems and institutions are grown and supported to implement VPI. This component is coordinated by Isandla Institute.
  • A practice “Laboratory pathway”, through which municipalities and CSOs participate in a capacity-building process focusing on co-designing and implementing practical, area-based violence prevention interventions (VPI). The capacity building process also involves an on-site mentoring programme in two selected areas. This component is coordinated by VPUU.

The project’s Steering Committee consists of the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG), the Department of Human Settlements (DHS), National Treasury and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).

Isandla Institute produces a range of knowledge products, including thematic learning briefs, practice briefs, informative animations and advocacy outputs, which are shared on Isandla Institute’s resources page.