Projects in Jamaica and South Africa mark a new phase in Fight for Peace’s work
Based on the success of the Global Alumni Programme (GAP), working with 135 partners in communities affected by crime and violence in 25 countries around the world, Fight for Peace International are in the process of setting up Safer Communities Incubators (SCI) in Kingston, Jamaica and Cape Town, South Africa.
This four year project, recently begun in Kingston and due to commence in Cape Town in July 2016, marks a new phase in Fight for Peace’s efforts to support young people and will focus on facilitating a coordinated multi-sector approach to youth violence in key hotspot communities.
Specifically, the scheme will engage senior stakeholders from across government, donor, civil society and business sectors with the aim of developing safer communities plans to identify, integrate, scale and develop existing and new youth violence reduction programming. SCIs will also support the existing Fight for Peace Global Network to improve organisational capacity and deliver new community based programmes.
Establishing the Safer Communities Incubators is a significant development for Fight for Peace as it represents an opportunity to align actors from a number of sectors in youth violence reduction work, while fast tracking the development of effective programming through intensive collaboration with existing and new partners.
The project is set to have a substantial impact and will directly benefit 16,665 children, with a further 148,078 gaining indirectly. Moreover, the Safer Communities Incubator model is due to be codified, allowing it to be adapted for implementation more widely in cities affected by violence around the world.
Reflecting on this latest development in Fight for Peace’s work, Founder & Director, Luke Dowdney said:
“FFP is reaching a new stage in its development. Over the last 15 years we have learned many lessons in building and codifying our youth-led methodology from grass roots up. Having shared these lessons successfully with 135 local partner organisations communities around the world during the Global Alumni Programme, we are now working to build bridges across a plethora of stakeholders, from the private to the public sector, who are key to establishing consistent change. Peace building involves all strata of society to some degree, and we believe that by bringing multi-sector stakeholders together, we can help to facilitate tangible changes in communities that have too long suffered the negative issues associated with crime and violence.”