14 October 2021
On 20 and 21 September, a multisectoral group representing the research community, NGOs, government departments and development partners came to a shared definition of violence prevention. It reads:

"Violence prevention is the whole of society working deliberately and sustainably to remove sources of harm and inequality, and heal woundedness, by intentionally growing an ethic of mutual care, respect and inclusion to build peace."
Mikhulu Trust shortlisted for education innovation award – The LEGO Foundation recently partnered with HundrED to identify the most impactful and scalable education innovations globally which foster socio-emotional learning skills in children aged 5-12. Mikhulu Trust – a participant in the VPF and member of the South African Parenting Programme Implementer’s Network – created a dialogic book-sharing programme that was designed and tested in South Africa. This programme is one of 31 programmes shortlisted for the award. In the next stage, all shortlisted innovations will be reviewed for impact and scalability by an advisory board made up of over 75 international experts in education (including teachers, leaders, researchers, etc.). The process will be concluded with the final selection published in November 2021. Read more about the Mikhulu Trust and the dialogic book-sharing programme here.
The VPF has published the third edition of the Violence Prevention Forum Newsletter, which covers a number of recent activities undertaken by VPF participants. These include the 12th VPF meeting in May 2021 where children, NGOs, researchers, government, and development partners and the private sector met separately to discuss a common definition of ‘violence prevention’. It also covers progress on the implementation of the NSP on GBVF, the WC Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan which uses surveillance and health data to track interpersonal violence, and the development of a new workplace violence prevention programme by the ISS and SAPPIN. Read these and other stories here.
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COVID-19 parenting resources
In efforts to support parents and keep children safe during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Proof Africa joined forces with a group of organisations including Oxford University, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Global Partnership to End Violence, the World Health Organisation, Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and World Without Orphans, to disseminate parenting resources to families across Africa. Read more...
South Africa’s budget should protect the country’s holy cows
Budget cuts that are not properly planned and managed will invariably result in decreasing services and service quality. This will likely affect those least able to protest: children, women and the rural poor (as opposed to vocal public servants or university students). VPF Driver Group member Chandré Gould and Cornerstone Economic Research’s Conrad Barberton explore which spending programmes should be protected, and what principles should guide government, in an ISS Today
VPF Newsletter – Issue 2
Following a tremendous response to the first newsletter, the VPF published its second edition in July 2020. It shares a selection of news, initiatives and inspiration from its participants in an effort to support and appreciate them. It includes updates on the 10th meeting of the VPF, offers for counselling, a government budgeting training opportunity, and other stories. Click here to read more.
VPF Newsletter – Issue 1
In April 2020, the VPF published the first edition of its e-newsletter to share some of the good work by VPF participants, including government departments, civil society organisations and researchers. While Covid-19 has proven a very difficult time, the VPF wanted to share some of the wonderful stories about the positive and creative responses from all of those in the VPF. This newsletter is shared with our donors and with institutions and individuals who participate in the forum. Click here to read more.
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