Ashleigh Owen

Community dialogue for safety and prosperity: an assessment

The facilitated dialogue has been sustained for two years, with participants actively leading the process.

The communities of Hoekwil and Touwsranten on South Africa’s Garden Route have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue process to improve safety and increase the prosperity of all residents since August 2021. The dialogue brings residents together across class, race and nationality. This assessment reveals the achievements and challenges of the process.


About the author


Andisiwe Makwecana is a Junior Research Consultant in the Justice and Violence Prevention Programme at the Institute for Security Studies. 

Development partners
This report is funded by the World Childhood Foundation. The VPF is supported by funding from the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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