The Eastern Cape Refugee Centre (The Centre) was established to provide assistance to those in need of social integration and refuge. The Centre aims to create a society in which all cultures and nationalities can accept and embrace one another, one in which no-one is unfairly discriminated against based on their nationality, culture, race, religion, sex, or any other difference.
Our approach: Building Cohesive Communities
Our interventions seek to capacitate targeted communities to enhance their capability and capacity to engage with key parties to ensure improved and constructive delivery on specifically, development, peace (safety and security) and poverty alleviation. The intention is to widen non-confrontational repertoires of communities seeking resolution of grievances and to improve responsiveness of authorities in engaging with these.
The learnings from these specific interventions then inform the basis for replication in other communities. The idea behind this approach is to establish a working model that can be implemented by community activists in partnership with key local stakeholders with minimal/external intervention or assistance.
Specifically our interventions seek to:
- Build peace and conflict resolution capacity within local civic structures specifically through:
o Training local community mediators
oProviding civic committees training in conflict resolution and basic protest/ mass action organizational skills
- Facilitate multi-stakeholder Peace and Development Accords at area specific levels that will set up constructive forums within targeted communities for engagement, feedback and service delivery
- Facilitate more effective engagement between communities and agents of service delivery: responsible protest-responsive society
Our targeted sites
Kwadwesi/ Chatty (W41)
New Brighton (W16)