Background and objectivities:
As a follow-up to the UN-HABITAT initiated assessment of insecurity in Antananarivo, and the development of initial local capacity, UNV has developed a project to support the development of crime prevention initiatives through volunteerism in Antananarivo. The project has been implemented with technical support from UN-HABITAT in view of its institutionalization within the Municipality of Antananarivo.
The project is supporting the UNDP/UNV project ‘Volunteers against Violence in Antananarivo’, which is a continuation of UN-HABITAT, initiated diagnosis of insecurity conducted in 2003. UN-HABITAT support is aimed at: strengthening the capacity of the local and counterpart team in the municipality in view of the transfer of the project; developing a resource mobilization strategy and supporting implementation of projects tools.
The main activities include:
Training of the local team by international experts during the year, with a focus on institutional mechanisms for sustainability of the approach at municipal level, and training of municipal staff and elected leaders on the crime prevention approach and tools.
Participation by local counterparts in WUF III and Africities 2006;
Design of a resource mobilization strategy;
Formulation of a local toolkit to support volunteers and other actors in their work on violence prevention.
Results and impact:
The Project has mobilized civil society around concrete initiatives for crime prevention and has initiated the process of institutionalization within the City Council of Antananarivo. In particular:
Capacity has been developed among volunteers and the counterpart team at the Municipality;
Contributions of local actors to international events and African network of Safer Cities (World Urban Forum and Africities);
A resource mobilization strategy has been designed and agreed upon by local actors;
A local toolkit has been designed to support volunteers and other actors in their work on violence prevention.