WHAT WE DO
We work at different levels of society
We work with individuals and communities helping them to help themselves
We train people in ways of preventing or avoiding violence
We use public advocacy to fight corruption and change the law
We work with others to extend our reach.
We do not re-invent the wheel
WHY WE DO IT
We know that in our incredibly unequal society the poorest and most disadvantaged suffer needlessly.
25 years after apartheid ended and constitutional government was installed we still have appalling slums, unemployment (+40%), a failed education system and a country in economic recession.
Far too many south Africans live in sub-optimal conditions, in situations of deep poverty and inequitable access to services and resources (Living in Khayelitsha in South Africa)
In consequence we have epidemic levels of violence.
We believe that the extreme levels of violence are driven by continuing deep and inter-generational poverty and inequality. The result is hopelessness and despair.
Enduring change must come from within. We approach this by helping to increase responsibility and self-agency, and encourage self-respect.
Our approach is developmental and ecological.
HOW WE DO IT
The following are the projects we run:
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
The Peace Centre is acutely aware of the difficulties of M&E with some of its projects. Also, that monitoring, evaluation and reporting on its projects is essential both a as guide to us (are the strategic aims being met?) and to our supporters.
We recognise that it may be necessary to bring in outside expertise and this is in hand. We are working with Knowledge Co-Op of the University of Cape Town in our efforts to have our work evaluated.