VPUU is a comprehensive area-based community development programme that aims at safe and integrated communities, citizenship, pride and the improvement of quality of life for the residents in local neighbourhoods through urban improvements and social interventions.
VPUU aims to overcome the different levels of economic, cultural, social, institutional and spatial exclusion, in order to reduce and prevent crime. Based on a structured, participatory approach, the focus is on improving safety, providing public services, and developing social cohesion factors, community data and the willingness of the local community and other partners to cooperate in implementing a transformation programme, through facilitating processes between communities, government departments and other organisations.
This is done through 5 programmatic, integrated components, known as ‘workstreams’, complimented by a multi-disciplinary team, at the core of the programme. These include: Situational, Social and Institutional Crime Prevention, Community Participation and Knowledge Management. The success of crime reduction and the improvement of quality of life lies in the interaction and integration of all these elements.
The back end support of these workstreams includes Project Management, Executive Support Services as well as strategic direction from CEO and Directors.
Pictured here is one of the most crucial elements required to sustain a survey the size and scale of the #SafetySurvey currently underway in the eThekwini Municipality. Every evening after a full day of fieldwork our VPUU field operatives are required to charge almost sixty cellphones and then upload completed survey data, clearing the phones for a new day of fieldwork the following day.
Survey data is collected using ODK Collect, an open source app used for survey-based data gathering, and then uploaded to ODK Aggregate which allows for the storage, analysis and presentation of this data.
Yesterday VPUU, alongside several other NGOs such as CORC, Development Action Group, Isandla Institute and People's Environmental Planning, was part of a constructive tech sharing workshop with the WCG Department of Human Settlements Informal Settlement Support Program (ISSP). The main focus was on the current rollout of enumeration projects aimed at providing households with formalised addresses and access to housing support programs #ICT4D#ODK#QGIS#FOSS
#SafetyAuditKZN Today a group of fieldworkers headed into Ward 71 where they have 28 target points at which to carry out safety surveys. Pictured here is the informal settlement of Bottlebrush and one of our eThekwini EPWP fieldworkers who has just successfully completed a survey #VPUU#ICT4D
For the eThekwini #SafetySurvey we created 3000 target points distributed across residential areas of the 110 wards. These points are placed randomly using #QGIS and fieldworkers then navigate to the point with a smartphone app called MAPS.ME which uses OpenStreetMaps allowing Fieldworkers to ‘Route To’ their targets.
We review the results of this FOSS (free and open-source software) when we map the survey records collected on ODK Collect (Open Data Kit). In the majority of cases the interviews are within 100m of the targets, as this image below illustrates. This ensures representation of all communities in the greater Durban #eThekwini Metropolitan area. #SafetyAuditKZN#VPUU#ICT4D#FOSS#ODK