Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading

Project Name

Lasting Change IKAPA Through VPUU

End Date

31 August 2019

Funding theme

A safe place to be

Amount Awarded


Start Date

30 August 2013

Beneficiary Country

South Africa

Issues: Water and sanitation

For years, South Africa has struggled with a legacy of totally inadequate housing for the majority of the population.

In 2012, the City of Cape Town built 7,000 new houses, but has an official waiting list of 400,000 families.

Many of these people live in informal settlements where hundreds queue for water and toilets, there is little work or education, the majority of people may have HIV/AIDS and violence is endemic.

Over the last six years, an innovative urban planning project has been developed, placing people at the heart of upgrading their own communities and reducing crime at the same time.

The approach encourages people to make decisions on how community space is used and which services are needed, while also providing stimulus through education, sport and employment. The people themselves retain control of the improvements.

Working with City officials, this project will now be rolled out into three new informal settlements with especially challenging histories of violence and deprivation.

By integrating basic services like water and toilets with early childhood education, legal aid services (particularly for women), business start-up training and much more, the project will lead to long term gains and a model which can be replicated elsewhere.

A particular feature of the project is to speed up further investment from the municipality in the long term.

This project is co-funded by Comic Relief and UK aid.