(Grant) Migration and Shaping the Inclusive City: the case of Durban, South Africa

Project

At-a-Glance

Approval Date
Proposal Focus
1471
Core Focus
Secondary Cities
Country Type
South Africa

Detail

Summary
The core objectives of the project is to develop a network of partners who can inform a city led response to migrants in Durban that focuses on social inclusion, integration and participation. In addition it has a multi-tiered educational and awareness component that actively works at shifting problematic and xenophobic sentiment towards migrants and those seen as ‘foreign’. This project is a collaboratve partnership between two civil society organisations, one established (DDP) and one emerging (ASONET), and a research unit within a South African public university (UFC at the Durban University of Technology). Inclusive, participatory local planning and decision-making remains a challenge within the city of Durban. This project aims to directly address this in relation to the issue of migrancy and inclusion in Durban. The project has been co-designed by the partners to facilitate a critical discussion with relevant stakeholders on the lack of a responsive and inclusive policy framework on migrancy, and against xenophobia, in the city. The project purposefully uses a gendered lens through the collection of oral histories from migrant women in the city. These narratives of arriving and living in Durban are the starting point for reflective conversations and dialogue with community and local government stakeholders. Using women’s stories as a foundation ensures that intersecting axis of power and discrimination are addressed within these reflections. These community dialogue sessions bring together diverse stakeholders from the state and civil society sectors, as well as migrants themselves, to collectively think through how the city of Durban can design a more responsive and inclusive policy framework for migration and against xenophobia. This we believe is far more proactive and productive than beginning discussions of policy and government responses from a traditional top-down approach. In addition to a strategic report on policy implications of the research and dialgue sessions, the project also aims to reach a wider public audience. The oral histories and dialogues in this project will be scripted into a drama piece for community radio shows, and be perfomed as a community theatre production in various locations.
Objectives
The core objective of the Project is to influence an inclusive city policy and decision making framework that will enable the social inclusion, integration and participation of migrants in the City of Durban, Ethekwini Municipality. Furthermore, the Project aims to: • Develop a network of partners who can inform a city wide response to migrants in Durban that focuses on social inclusion, integration and participation. The strategic intent of the network is to influence the establishment of a more inclusive and participatory policy planning forum with the city. • Carry out action research that will inform evidence based dialogue amongst a broad range of national, provincial and city stakeholders. • Implement a multi-tiered educational and awareness campaign that actively works at shifting problematic and xenophobic sentiment towards migrants and those seen as ‘foreign’. • Through participatory dialogue, critical research and creative methods of storytelling build knowledge of the lived experience of migrants in the city that may inform strategic social inclusion policy responses. • To inform and influence other initiatives aimed at social inclusions such as: i. The Special Reference Group on Migration and Community in KwaZulu-Natal; ii. A review of Durban Metro Police to explore better and more strategic policing; and iii. And to leverage global initiatives of which Durban is a member such at the Africa Forum for Urban Safety and Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities.
Activities
Activitiy 1.1: Completed literature review report to contextualize narratives and develop informed communication and dialogue strategies Activity 1.2: Collect oral history and narrative data on the lives and experiences of women migrants in Durban that enables rich data through which to develop the creative public educational campaigns and stakeholder dialogue sessions, as well as provide data for academic analysis. This includes transcription, translation and editing Activity 1.3: Research training workshops Activity 2.1 Facilitate at least 10 dialogue sessions with relevant stakeholders including Activity 3.1 Write radio scripts for community radio shows (based on oral history stories and community dialogue narratives) Activity 3.2 Participatory Community Theatre Activity 3.3 Public knowledge portal on the project Activity 4.1 Build a network of partners in the city of Durban Activity 4.2 Complete a strategic report on the project findings and policy implications Activity 4.3 Facilitate a deliberative workshops on the strategic report
Expected Impacts and Results
Outcome 1: Oral history and narrative data on the lives and experiences of women migrants in Durban that enables rich data through which to develop the creative public educational campaigns and stakeholder dialogue sessions, as well as provide data for academic analysis. Outcome 2: Run at least 10 dialogue sessions with relevant stakeholders including. Outcome 3: Community radio shows and community participatory theatre productions based on the above to reach a wide audience, these shows weave in the above stories in captivating ways to build empathy, and emphasis the principals of democracy, inclusion and responsible citizenship. Outcome 4: Build a network of partners in the city of Durban around the issue of migrants and inclusive cities to provide a more inclusive partnership model for local government and city lead policy framework development. Outcome 5: A strategic report that pulls together the project learnings towards developing a pragmatic action plan and response to migration and how Durban can become a more inclusive city aimed at local and city level government. Outcome 6: Develop and host an online knowledge resource product on the project to encourage future research and engagement work in this area. Outcome 7: Academic publications on the process, methodology and research findings of the project.