Project location: Cape Town, Delft
Project title: Building Sustainable Inclusion: From intersecting inequalities to accountable relationships
Project duration: January 2017 – March 2018.
Project lead: Rory Liedeman
Project support and mobilization: Farida Ryklief
SLF have been funded by the British Academy and will collaborate with the Participate initiative, the Institute of Development Studies (UK) and a number of partner organisations from India, Ghana, Uganda and Egypt in an action orientated research approach that will be using participatory methods to engage marginalised and vulnerable communities, in an effort to build more inclusive, open and responsive accountability relationships with government leaders and duty bearers. Objectives of the research project:
A. To generate understanding of how intersecting inequalities drive poverty and marginalisation through the realities of those experiencing it
B. To provide relevant evidence for policymakers, which is gathered through participatory research processes
C. To build accountable dynamics between highly marginalised groups and dutybearers, in order to tackle intersecting inequalities and to test pathways to accountability relationships.
Building on a recently completed pilot, the SLF project will use the momentum gained through activities implemented by the PMA project (see PMA national report http://www.livelihoods.org.za/resources/literature/slf-publications) to continue working with the Delft Safety Group (DSG) to bring about the following key actions:
1) creating safe spaces for engagement between active citizens (research group) and other stakeholders (Government, CSOs, NGOs, Business, etc.) – so that citizens can be incorporated into a process that includes them in development discourse, decision making processes and enables deeper accountability through active participation,
2) advocate for change in the community, encouraging a shift where policy makers are expected to be increasingly responsive & accountable to citizen voices,
3) increase attention to marginalised citizen needs and voices (by keeping the focus on the township of Delft on the Cape Flats).
Our current work therefore aims to:
- Enable safe and inclusive spaces for engagement with SLF as an intermediary – for dialogue between governance bodies / officials and ordinary South African citizens (Delft residents).
- Demonstrate the participatory and inclusive nature of the project process and the value of participatory methods for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation; in particular SDGs 8, 11 and 16.
- Highlight the importance of addressing intersecting inequalities through the use of powerful visual medium produced in our previous PMA work (see SLF Vimeo links below).
- Utilise the media as a tool to place pressure on those who are accountable to citizens by keeping them in the spotlight – for example, through the #DelftLivesMatter campaign launched during a project national event at UCT in December 2016.
Important project links: • Gangsters in Uniform: https://vimeo.com/192466247
• Being Young in Delft (made by the Youth members in the DSG): https://vimeo.com/181156023
• Individual Digital Stories are also found on page 2 and 3 of our Vimeo account. Search for title “My Nightmare Becomes a Reality”, “Police Brutality”, “The Truth about Delft, the place I called Home”, “Three Brocken Hearts” and “Illovane/Chamelion”
Engagements and alliances that SLF and the DSG have built:
- Two policy engagement dialogue events hosted between December 2016 (first national event) and March (first international hosting) 2017. SLF and the DSG aim to host another high level discussion between citizens and duty bearers from various levels of the South African government before the close of 2017.
The DSG has developed a strong and wide safety network that it has been engaging with located within in various levels of government and the broader Delft community. Proper alliances are beginning to form and many have been established between the DSG and various stakeholders in government and in civil society, including:
- The Criminology Department at UCT (SAVI & SAFGO),
- The Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the office of the Presidency,
- The Western Cape office of the Police Ombudsman,
- The Standing Committee for Safety and Security in Western Cape Provincial Parliament (to whom we have provided dossier to WCPP on what has been happening in Delft),
- Various CBOs / NPOs / NGOs based in Delft, as well as others outside, working in the community safety and security space,
*Key engagments with the CoCT Mayco members Alderman JP Smith and Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli (on various community safety initiatives, such as the Community Peace Officer Programme, currently being rolled out and piloted in Delft Schools) and MEC Dan Plato from the Western Cape Department of Community and Safety.
SLF and the DSG believe that their work and grassroots mobilisation will tge community to usher in a new era of safety in Delft. A key action which they led earlier this year impacted directly on the appointment of a new and functional CPF body. The key purpose of the new CPF is to provide a safe space and platform where citizen participation is welcomed, encouraged, appreciated, and recognised as being meaningful and important, and in which community based monitoring is taken seriously so that ordinary peoples voices can be included in the decision making processes going forward. An important component of the project’s success has been the collective efforts made by a strong group of committed trustworthy individuals i.e. a good mix of men and women, youth and senior citizens, all dedicated to the common goal of helping to bring about positive change in Delft. The group aims to put an end to state corruption and police brutality in their communities.