Enhancing Migrant Integration and Social Cohesion through Socio-Cultural Activities and Community Dialogues in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe

Enhancing Migrant Integration and Social Cohesion through Socio-Cultural Activities and Community Dialogues in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe

Africa
IS.0023
ZA10P0503
300,000
Botswana
South Africa
Zimbabwe
Integration and Social Cohesion Replaces
Regional
Active

In March 2019, the Government of South Africa launched the National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance as part of direct national efforts to strengthen social harmony, cultural diversity and mitigate xenophobic tendencies within South African townships. The project is a direct response to the government-led initiative. Similarly, there have been occurrence of reprisal attacks in some communities in Zimbabwe. The overall objective of the project is to enhance migrant integration, social cohesion and harmony within townships most affected by xenophobic violence and reprisal attacks in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The project will contribute to enhancing the capacity of the Governments of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe to mitigate xenophobic tendencies and other intolerance and respond to possible xenophobic reprisal attacks. The project will work with migrant communities in Gauteng, South Africa in particular Atteridgeville and Katlehong with high incidence of xenophobic attacks, in Beitbridge in Zimbabwe to strengthen social cohesion, and in Gaborone, Botswana to facilitate engagement with the Botswana National Sports Commission in the implementation of socio-cultural activities. The project will also partner with the Africa Division of the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels (FIFPro)  to secure the participation of African football legends in sporting activities and open discussions on migration to promote social cohesion.