A new volume published by IDRC and Routledge explores what works and what doesn't to prevent and reduce violence in urban centres. Contributors draw on findings from 15 ambitious research projects from Safe and Inclusive Cities (SAIC), a five-year initiative supported by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development.
The investigation by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) focused on the CWP, a poverty reduction plan that provides two days of work per week to under-employed South Africans.
Research shows that ex-offenders enrolled in South Africa’s Community Work Programme (CWP) contribute to violence prevention because job opportunities and reintegration have minimized their chances of relapsing into a life of crime.
In an engaging new documentary film, researchers from the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation share their insights of how a public employment program in South Africa is making cities safer and more inclusive.