The Indawo: A Learning Tool for Co-Designing Safer Communities was developed as a way for anyone to learn about planning an area-based approach to violence prevention in South Africa. The game immerses players in a simulation of a fictional area in order to apply key lessons to a generic situation. It draws heavily from the Violence Prevention through the Upgrading (VPUU) methodology.
Indawo is a product of the South African German Development Cooperation, in particular the GIZ-Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme. Copyright belongs to GIZ, DCoG, CSPS, SALGA and VPUU.
Participants learn about the concepts of integration, area-based approaches and co-design by applying them to a neutral example.
Participants experience incorporating knowledge management into early stages of planning for violence prevention and consider learning as inseparable from knowledge management.
Participants consider how to include diverse stakeholders and perspectives on decision-making when designing integrated violence preventions programs.
The game engages participants around the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security, which presents the policy framework to address crime and violence over the medium term. It guides the use of developmental, collaborative, knowledge-based and participative approaches to planning and implementation for safety and violence and crime prevention interventions.
The White Paper is aligned with the Integrated Crime and Violence Prevention Strategy (ICVPS). The ICVPS sets out a framework to guide the implementation of a comprehensive, holistic, and integrated approach to community safety, crime and violence prevention. The strategy further seeks to align with the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (NSP GBVF), in order to ensure a coordinated approach. The White Paper mandates that the above approaches are used to address the 6 themes above.
Contact Gianna Maita if you want to learn more about Indawo, how it is played, and how it can benefit you in developing and implementing your safety, crime and violence prevention plans.
The game materials can be freely utilised outside of commercial purposes and has been made available under a Creative- Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/