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14 March 2016
14:00 - 16:30

social cohesion and urban upgrading, mobilising resources for violence prevention

Date:     14 March 2016
Time:     14:00 to 16:30
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town

The workshop will discuss the findings of two unique multi-year research projects on violence, conducted under an international research programme entitled Safe and Inclusive Cities. The studies investigated social cohesion and urban upgrading as resources for violence prevention.

One study was coordinated by the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine, and evaluated the effectiveness of urban upgrading in violence prevention in selected low-income communities in Cape Town.

The second study, conducted by the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery programme of the Human Sciences Research Council, consisted of a 35-month international comparative study on the role of social cohesion in understanding the link between urban violence, inequality and poverty. The study collected qualitative and quantitative data on these links and investigated two major violence prevention initiatives in Khayelitsha, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This workshop will discuss the implications of the research for safety and violence prevention in South Africa.

HSRC Seminar Series in collaboration with Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD) and the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine

Presentations below available for download:

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein  as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.


Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004,
Fax (021) 461 0299, or or Estelle Krishnan or Tel: 021 4668070

Durban :  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail;

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: