Strengthening Social Cohesion
Freedom House, in partnership with South African universities and non-governmental organizations, is supporting local community initiatives that build and reinforce shared values, and a sense of belonging within South African communities, that transcends nationality, race, wealth, and other barriers. Freedom House, and its local partners, believes that collective violence can be mitigated and prevented by creating opportunities for people to engage in local decision-making processes and work cooperatively to address the root causes of violence within South African communities.
The project will:
- Support to Xenowatch, an early warning system that seeks to monitor threats of violence throughout South Africa;
- Conduct 32 conflict dynamic assessments in communities in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West, and the Western Cape;
- Develop a citizen-based toolkit to measure social cohesion;
- Train and mentor 150 community peacebuilders;
- Facilitate intercommunity exchanges between community peacebuilders;
- Develop 16 civic education forums and rights awareness campaigns;
- Support and strengthen community-led solutions to resolve violence and end discrimination; and
- Develop a model to address similar challenges in post-conflict democracies around the world.