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Social Cohesion Project

SaVI and the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) are research partners on a nationwide project, led by Freedom House Southern Africa, that seeks to strengthen social cohesion in 16 dynamic communities. The project will run from January 2016 to June 2017. As research partners, our task is to deepen understandings of social cohesion, conflict resolution mechanisms, community violence, and community relations. Our research will feed into capacity- and peace-building projects, conducted by provincial partners, in each community.

SaVI and ACMS are conducting extensive background, statistical, and qualitative analysis. We are directing field work in each location, including in-depth interviews with key stakeholders and community members.

SaVI’s sites of focus are:

De Doorns, Western Cape                         Makana, Eastern Cape

Dunoon, Western Cape                              Masiphumelele, Western Cape

Khayelitsha, Western Cape                        Motherwell, Eastern Cape


ACMS’ sites of focus are:

Alexandra, Gauteng                                    Mamelodi, Gauteng

Cleveland/Denver corridor, Gauteng           Madibeng, North West

Diepsloot, Gauteng                                      Makhado, Limpopo

Isipingo, KwaZulu-Natal                               Musina, Limpopo

KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal                         Orange Farm, Gauteng