- Getting involved

Safe and secure environments cannot be an isolated responsibility of a solitary department or sub-department of the local, provincial or national government.  A core objective of the Community Peace Programme is to ensure strategic partnerships with government departments and other social partners, such as business, labour and civil society.  Clearly defined specific intervention areas and activities make the agreements meaningful and all the partners work together to achieve a common vision and goal.  The Community Peace Programme is committed to ensure conformity to the financial accountability specifications.

The Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, through the University of Lund, Sweden provided funding for the first three years of model-building phase, as they recognised the Community Peace Programme as an innovative approach to human security.  From 2000 to 2007 the Embassy of Finland in South Africa financially supported the refining of the model.  The rollout to 180 sites as of 2007 proceeded in collaboration with the Department of Public Service and Administration.

Local municipalities provide more limited support in the launching of Peace Committees in their areas.  The South African Police Service shares physical space and information with local Peace Committees.  Peace Committees establish channels of communication with other community organisations and with relevant professionals in community safety, education, social services and environmental affairs.

The Community Peace Programme has tested the assumption that people living in a poor neighbourhood, with limited resources and inadequate education and training, nevertheless have the knowledge and capacity to make a sustainable difference to the lives of themselves and their neighbours.  The resolution of over 47 000 disputes and the latest expansion since 2007 of 2000 facilitators in 180 sites, has proved that this assumption is correct. 

The continued success of the programme depends on co-operation and involvement of Partner Agencies and the communities, as well as the availability of funding and sponsorship.

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