The eThekwini City Safety

The eThekwini City Safety Audit and City Safety Lab project was proposed to establish a City Safety Lab followed by an integrated learning process and a diagnosis process through a series of city safety audits. This project, led by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), aimed to support eThekwini Municipality and civil society to strengthen crime data collection, analysis and monitoring capacity and provide them with an overview of approaches to inform evidence-based policies for crime and violence prevention in urban spaces.

This project enables the municipality to consolidate knowledge gained, develop local urban safety monitoring capabilities through safety related data collection and analysis with active involvement of civil society, private sector, academia and other experts to support evidence-based safety planning, governance and learning.


  • Enable UN Habitat and eThekwini Safer Cities (eThekwini) to review and refine the Integrated eThekwini Safety and Crime Prevention Strategy (Safety Strategy) and develop a Safety Monitoring Framework;
  • Generate a Safety Curriculum aligned to the refined strategy;
  • Enable sustainable capacity in the eThekwini municipality to implement integrated Safety Plans;
  • Deliver the Safety Curriculum to AFUS members.


The Fixed methodology was mobilized to enable the municipality to establish a Safety Lab to enable integrated and adaptive safety interventions and processes.

The Safety Lab will:

  • Participate in ongoing stakeholder mapping throughout the consultancy, to enable an interactive and granular map of the mandates of all stakeholders to be delivered at the end of the process;
  • Participate in consultation on the outcomes of the Safety Audit and its inputs into the Safety Strategy Framework and respond to a draft strategy to ensure alignment and integration of strategic objectives and operationalization;
  • Respond to the draft safety monitoring framework;
  • Participate in collective learning workshops to co-develop the shared safety curriculum;
  • Send participants to the safety curriculum training.

Fixed supported the establishment of the Safety Lab and facilitated a process of Safety Lab participation in the development of the Integrated eThekwini Safety and Crime Prevention Strategy as well as a shared safety curriculum with the African Forum for Urban Safety.

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