Urban Safety and Crime Prevention is complex in nature. However, good governance, planning and management can contribute towards improving the safety of urban communities. A “safe” city can be defined as one that is equitable, offers protection from violence and disorder; promotes mutual trust and equity in the distribution of opportunities among individuals; and advances social, economic and political determinants of security for progressive improvement.
The AFUS programme defines the characteristics of a safe city as one that includes a low incidence of violence and crime, a high level of institutional capacity for prevention, a high level of social participation, strong reciprocity and trust, open and accountable urban governance, economic equality and access to livelihoods, and a high level of social inclusion. The programme views local government as a sphere that can create positive change in the urban safety and security environment.
Interventions by local government and coalitions and/or partnerships with stakeholders can play a critical role in the reduction of crime and violence. This approach offers local government a means of collaborating with communities to generate grounded understandings of local safety and security phenomena, and often translates that knowledge directly in policy design. Furthermore, it places local government at the centre of urban safety and security, rather than the national state.
After being exposed to a variety of initiatives across a number of cities, eThekwini Municipality has seen an opportunity to host and facilitate a learning exchange where innovation and good practice can be showcased and cities can learn and share good practice. In this regard, the proposed learning exchange will help in disseminating lessons learned generated by application of urban safety and crime prevention programmes improving the liveability of cities and quality of life for urban residents.
The outcome of the learning exchange will be to empower cities to adopt preventative approaches that tackle root causes of violence and insecurity.
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Date: 3 - 5 December 2014
Venue: Durban International Convention Centre
45 Bram Fischer Road, Durban, South Africa
For more information please email: phumzile.jele@durban.gov.za
Space is limited. Confirmation of attendance will be rendered on a first come first serve basis.
Participation at the learning exchange is free. However, participants are expected to make their own arrangements for accommodation and transport.
Positioning the City as a Centre of Learning