Our Work: VPUU Manual Preamble and Introduction


The manual sets out a model of how to use safety as a public good to develop human potential and improve the Quality of Life (QoL) of communities towards Sustainable Neighbourhoods (SN) in low-income areas. It is aimed to be of assistance to Government at all levels—National, Provincial and Local—to Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and any other agencies or individuals engaged in the process of human development on area-based approaches. It is based on an understanding of best practices, gained from recent literature and from direct experience internationally, as well as from the rich practical experience of the VPUU programme in Cape Town.

What you will learn in this section:

  • VPUU Vision and Goals
  • Cornerstones of the VPUU Approach
  • Programme Focus- Safety as a Public Good towards Sustainable Neighbourhoods
  • Programme Components
  • Programme Participants
  • The VPUU Method
  • Terminology

Our Model

Our model comprises five essential components or areas of activity:

  • Situational Crime Prevention: including spatial intervention through urban design, physical upgrading and the building of facilities
  • Social Crime Prevention: working socially to prevent crime while also building community identity and independence
  • Community Operation, Maintenance and Management (O&M): assisting the community, through institutional development, to deliver services, and to manage facilities
  • Community Participation: the full involvement of local people in all aspects of the programme
  • Knowledge Management: ensuring that lessons learnt and knowledge gained are recorded and shared during and after the programme.



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