Founded in 1989 and registered as a Section 21 company in 1990, CSVR is an independent, nonprofit organisation. It engages in research, community interventions, policy formation, service delivery, education and training. For three decades, CSVR has worked to understand violence, heal its effects, reconcile communities and build sustainable peace in South Africa, the continent and elsewhere in the world. In particular, CSVR undertakes targeted research and advocacy in partnership with civil society and affected communities in order to hold state, continental and global institutions accountable.
A multidisciplinary institute, CSVRs expertise and skill set offer a comprehensive and integrated service. The Centre provides technical support and works with individuals and communities, to focus on the wide range and forms of violence and conflict, including collective and inter-personal, political and criminal, state and social violence. CSVR provides mental and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and other interventions to address and prevent violence and human rights violations.
CSVR's work is rooted in an analysis of the shifting forms of conflict and violence within societies enduring a transition to democracy. Our strategy for the next five years seeks to continue this work and build on it. This five-year strategy overview (2020-2024) reflects the strategic development process undertaken by CSVR in 2019, at the conclusion of the previous three-year strategy.
CSVR 5 year strategy