About Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading
Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) is a program in the Khayelitsha township of Cape Town that uses urban planning as a crime-fighting tool, developing both small and large interventions in the spots where crime rates are the highest. Their over-arching strategy is to create decent, livable communities through community-based planning.
The program began in the sub district of Harare in 2006, and those initial efforts resulted in a 20 percent decrease in violent crime between April 2008 and March 2009. The murder rate dropped 32 percent. In comparison, for the same time period, nationally, there was a 1 percent increase in violent crime and 2 percent decrease in the murder rate.
VPUU is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.