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Local, Engaged and Responsive GBV Network


The Masiphephe Network works towards reducing vulnerability to Gender Based Violence (GBV) and strengthening local governance GBV prevention and response. Community based stakeholders from government, civil society, community media and the private sector collaborate to strengthen the capacity of local structures to lead, coordinate, cultivate, advocate for, provide needed services, sustain multisectoral action, and manage a community response to GBV prevention and mitigation in South Africa. “Masiphephe” is a Nguni word meaning “Let’s be safe.”

Project objectives are to:

  • Strengthen community governance and accountability;
  • Increase primary and secondary prevention of gender-based violence;
  • Improve the mitigation of harm caused by gender-based violence;
  • Improved access to justice for all those who have experienced gender-based violence.

    The Masiphephe Network project is led by the Centre for Community Impact (CCI) as the prime recipient of the financial support provided by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). CCI is a registered South African non-profit organisation that aims to improve the health and well-being of all South Africans. We do this through strategic policy advocacy, the provision of psycho-social support and legal services with bi-directional and specialised referral systems. We are renowned for tactfully designing and implementing social and behavioural communication change interventions such as ‘Brothers for Life’ and ‘Zazi’, as well as the popular educational youth drama series, Tsha Tsha, and the award-winning television series, Intersexions, among others.

    CCI implements the project  in partnership with the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit (GHJRU) as the research and policy advocacy strategic partner; and five community based organizations in selected wards in three provinces which are:


    The community partners  leverage on their  established partnerships and networks to sustain and scale up project implementation for sustainable impact and ensure local programme ownership. 

    Evidence informed Masiphephe Network  interventions are aligned to the implementation of GBV legislation including the South African Government’s White Paper on Safety and Security (2016), and the National Strategic Plan on GBV and Femicide (2020 – 2030). The project also integrates interventions to contribute to HIV epidemic control in South Africa.