ALPS Resilience is committed to helping migrant and local communities in Africa overcome the challenges of forced migration by strengthening community resilience.
ALPS Resilience was founded in 2015 to serve communities negatively impacted by conflict and displacement by designing custom interventions that focus on empowering migrants, promoting integration, fostering social cohesion and preventing violence. We began by working with the Somali diaspora community in South Africa’s Western Cape, providing free English and computer classes to refugees and asylum seekers while strengthening the capacity of our community-based partner.
Today, our organisation supports a comprehensive resilience programme with projects in forced migration and violence prevention, in particular violent extremism. ALPS Resilience is currently implementing projects in Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, and Tanzania.
OUR CORE COMPETENCIES
- Research: We drive innovative research initiatives on migration and violence prevention in Southern Africa.
- Resilience-building: We implement programs that emphasize beneficiary participation and partner capacity-building.
- Advocacy: We advocate for policies and practices that reflect the best principles of international human rights law.
Promoting Self-Reliance amongst Somali Refugees and Asylum Seekers:
ALPS Resilience, and in partnership with the Somali Association of South Africa (SASA), offers a variety of courses, services, and activities to help Somali refugees and asylum seekers in the Western Cape live comfortable, productive and prosperous lives. With continued support from the United States Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, ALPS is expanding activities to Gauteng in 2018.
Mapping Community Resilience to Violent Extremism:
This pilot project, funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, aimed to measure the level of community resilience to violent extremism in the Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality. Following the success of the pilot, ALPS Resilience is conducting similar but larger survey projects in Tanzania and Mozambique that will lay the foundation for preventative initiatives.
People to People Community Dialogues:
With support from USAID, ALPS Resilience is launching a nationwide project that aims to build social cohesion in conflict-affected sites across South Africa. Local dialogues and community action plans will focus on building healthy relationships and peaceful conflict resolution mechanisms between foreign nationals and South Africans.See more