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Response to COVID-19 in informal settlements - NGO Submission Response to COVID-19 in informal settlements - NGO Submission
Isandla Institute has joined voices with a group of CSOs from across the country to contest the de-densification of informal settlements as the central thrust of the human settlements response to COVID-19. Rather, we propose the release of well-located land, accelerated incremental in-situ informal settlement upgrading, and strong social cohesion among other short-, medium- and long-term responses. You can read…
New Resource: Building Better Neighbourhoods through Co-Production New Resource: Building Better Neighbourhoods through Co-Production
We are excited to share our latest resource for informal settlement upgrading practitioners and community leaders. This poster is an accompaniment to the the guide for municipalities, "Advancing a Co-Production Approach to Upgrading Informal Settlements in South Africa". It promotes communities and municipalities working together to plan, implement and monitor upgrading of informal settlements towards liveable neighbourhoods. 

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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