Other International Regions

While Cure Violence concentrates its efforts in implementing the model in the United States, the Middle East, and Latin America, we have also helped to implement the model in a few other areas of the world that have demonstrated a strong interest in the program along with a significant problem with violence.

Canada

Nova Scotia

Local partner Community Community Justice Society began implementation of the Cure Violence Health Model in April 2014 in Halifax. The program secured four years of funding, and 10 workers were hired and trained. An independent evaluation is underway.

Alberta

Alberta partner Maskwacis Youth Initiative (MYI) is committed to reaching First Nation youth between the ages of 14 and 24 who have or had affiliations to local gangs. MYI is a public partnership between the communities of Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe, Montana First Nation, Pigeon Lake community, and the Minister of Public Safety Canada. The project’s overall goal is to reduce violence within the Maskwacis community through transmission of the Maskwacis Cree cultural values, beliefs and language.


South Africa

Local partner Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) began implementation in the Hanover Park community in Cape Town in January 2013. To date, the staff has mediated 350 conflicts and have 109 high risk clients. An independent evaluation found a 53% reduction in shootings and a 31% reduction in killings.

Mahamed Rage, who received a Master’s in Philosophy in Program Evaluation from the University of Capetown completed his dissertation by conducting a formative evaluation to develop a results-based monitoring and evaluation system of the CeaseFire VPUU program in Hanover Park. The evaluation provides a detailed analysis of the programme itself and reveals the complexities of the health outreach work done by the violence interrupters and outreach workers in Hanover Park. Mahamed is a senior researcher in Development Interventions & Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E) specialist. He can be reached via Twitter @profinfuture .

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England

Local partner Surviving Our Streets (SOS) implemented the Cure Violence Health Model in Cookham Wood Youth Offenders Institute in 2013. An external evaluation found that the program resulted in a 50% reduction in violent incidents, a 95% reduction in group attacks and a 96% reduction in youth involved in group violence.


Kenya

The Peace TXT project was implemented by local partner Sisi Ni Amani-Kenya (SNA-K) in collaboration with PopTech, Medic Mobile, Ushahidi, and the Praekelt Foundation. This program was considered successful locally in preventing violence before, during and after the March 2013 elections.

PeaceTXT sought to decrease violence during elections by discouraging violent behavior using an SMS platform. The new platform enabled SNA-K to increase the ease of subscription and message targeting, and the collaboration also led a workshop on behavior change models with SNA-K’s local teams, and financially supported parts of SNA-K’s scale-up efforts, including subscription drives in Nairobi and Narok, several messaging focus groups, and election preparedness and monitoring efforts. CureViolence contributes our expertise in the deployment of a public health model to prevent violence, a core element of PeaceTXT’s integrated approach.

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