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Isandla Institute is a key role player in the local governance sector, an important analytical voice on urban development issues, a convener of spaces of dialogue on urban citizenship, a producer of quality research, and a thought leader on issues such as informal settlements upgrading, urban governance and local level planning systems

Key Focus Areas

Urban Land

Promoting planning frameworks and land management systems that advance urban spatial transformation, the social function of and sustainability development.

Urban Governance

Promoting accountable, democratic, responsive, integrated and resilient systems of governance, as well as citizen agency in place making.

Urban Livelihoods

Contributing to systems, processes, policies and planning that enable endogenous development, meaningful work and sustainable livelihoods.

Promoting systems and practices of urban governance that are democratic, inclusive, equitable, accountable and sustainable