Community participation for violence prevention - selected experience from Latin America and South Africa

Roland Ziss
SUM Consult

SUM Consult, Germany

The appropriate combination of public space investments and prevention activities can facilitate the reduction of crime and violence in large third world city hot spots. Mr. Ziss will speak about his company’s experiences with integrated projects of urban upgrading and violence prevention, incl. project activities, executing agencies, costs and impacts as well as typical problems of implementation. He will focus in particular on community participation, working with youth and community policing.

In El Salvador, violence is often associated with the so-called maras, violent street gangs. While addressing associated problems, integrated urban upgrading projects also represent an alternative to measures of a merely repressive nature.

In Colombia, the country with the highest rate of assassination victims, community participation in settlement upgrading has proved to be an effective means of reducing daily violence. An essential condition, however, is coordination and cooperation between government departments and the private sector.

In order to counteract violence in South African townships, new forms of policing and community participation, including community policing, are required. Football schemes involving children and young people have proved to be an excellent medium for practising the rules of peaceful cohabitation.


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verwandte Schlüsselbegriffe

Gewaltprävention Bürgerbeteiligung Prevention Violence Community Policing Community