2019 Annual Report
2019 was a year of tremendous growth for ALPS Resilience. ALPS was founded in 2015 working with the Somali diaspora community in South Africa’s Western Cape and investing in resilience building projects. These projects included providing free English and computer classes to refugees and asylum seekers while strengthening the capacity of our community-based partner.
P2P Synthesis Report
October 2018 – November 2019
On 28th September 2018, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded ALPS Resilience a Fixed Amount Award, titled ‘People to People Dialogues: Fostering Social Cohesion in South Africa through Conversation’. People to People Dialogues (P2P) is a 15-month project whose goal is ‘to combat xenophobia in South Africa by fostering social cohesion and healthy relationships between foreign nationals and locals, with a specific focus on decreasing xenophobic attacks against Somali foreign nationals’.
A Survey of Communities at Risk of Violent Extremism in Tanzania and Mozambique
July 2018 - August 2019
In recent years, the eastern region of Southern Africa has gained attention as at-risk to violent extremism. ALPS Resilience (ALPS) has been monitoring the situation closely. However, firm information has been scant and means to reliably understand the rise of Islamic extremism in the region has been limited. In this context, ALPS has developed a survey tool that measures the risk and protective factors of communities to violent extremism. In its first round – conducted in Pwani, Tanzania and Nampula, Mozambique – and covered in this report, the survey can be used to guide social and community resilience programming to prevent violent extremism; can inform our understandings around pathways to support violent extremism; and can build on pre-existing community resilience at the community-level.
Situational Analysis Synthesis Report
This synthesis report is based on a qualitative study conducted by the Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on behalf of ALPS Resilience. It is part of a broader project: the ‘People to People Dialogues: Fostering social cohesion in South Africa through conversation’ project (P2P).
2018 ANNUAL REPORT
2018 was a year of new team members, projects, and partnerships. Our second annual report celebrates our many successes in 2018 and debuts a new look for ALPS. We took our logo redesign process as an opportunity to redefine who we are, what we believe, what we do, and how we think and operate as an organisation. This annual report reflects this new direction and details our goals for 2019.
2017 ANNUAL REPORT
2017 was a year of unprecedented growth for ALPS Resilience. Our first annual report details progress made in each of our project areas: the Building Resilient Communities project, promoting the integration and self-reliance of Somali refugees and asylum seekers in the Western Cape, our Preventing Violent Extremism workshop series, and surveying resilience and mapping at-risk communities in northern Mozambique. The report also details our vision and goals for a productive 2018.
Violent Extremism and Resilience in South Africa Workshop Series
Despite recent trends in terrorism, there is little dialogue about how to respond to threats or develop resilience in Southern Africa. In response to this need, ALPS Resilience, in partnership with the British High Commission, the Swedish Embassy and the American Embassy, held a series of workshops in 2017. The “Violent Extremism and Resilience in South Africa” series consisted of three workshops, with the ultimate goal of providing a platform for sustained engagement, learning, dialogue and problem-solving between key stakeholders.
Measuring and Building Resilience to Violent Extremism
While the drivers of violent extremism have been well researched, sources of resilience are comparatively less understood. The workshop created an opportunity the keynote speakers to compare the Australian and South African experiences while sharing knowledge and lessons learned with academics, practitioners, government representatives and other key stakeholders on how to measure and build resilience to violent extremism.
Protecting Individuals and Communities in a Pluralistic Society
The workshop, hosted by the U.S. Consulate General Cape Town and ALPS Resilience, featured presentations and discussions that touched on issues of religious freedom, religious intolerance, xenophobia, and social cohesion.
During the workshop, it became clear that the histories of both South Africa and the U.S. offer valuable lessons for tackling hate crimes and religious discrimination.
UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO EXTREMIST THREATS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Issue No. 1, March 2018
Since 2006, there has been a tremendous growth in the number of violent extremist attacks across the African continent. This policy brief addresses the growth of violent extremism in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in northern Mozambique, and weighs the relative risk posed to South Africa. It advocates a robust response to this growing threat and provides recommendations for varies different levels of governance.
ADDRESSING SOCIAL COHESION AND XENOPHOBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA
Issue No. 2, April 2018
Since 2008, xenophobia remains entrenched in South Africa, periodically erupting into violent xenophobic attacks. This policy brief outlines the three key policy shortcomings that will need to be rectified and provides recommendations for policymakers in order to achieve a safe and tolerant environment for migrants in South Africa.