HIV in the City Projects

Our HIV/AIDS in the City programme, which ran from 2002 until 2010, focused on integrating an HIV/AIDS perspective in human settlements planning, development and management.

The programme sought to address urban vulnerability, in particular vulnerability to HIV infection and the epidemic more broadly, and promoted interventions that enhance the resilience of households, communities and organisations affected by the epidemic.

HIV/AIDS and urban poverty in South Africa

Background paper prepared for the PDG/Isandla Institute project ‘the role of cities in poverty alleviation’ for the South African Cities Network. As part of this a case study was prepared on HIV/AIDS in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Area. Date: 2002.

HIV/AIDS and Local Government Learning Network (Halogen)

Isandla Institute initiated the Halogen network in 2006. It started out as a loose network of like-minded researchers and organisations (including the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (cogta –previously the Department of Provincial and Local Government and SALGA), which over time developed into a more inclusive and conscious knowledge sharing and learning network. The network convened learning events and produced useful input papers and municipal briefs, which are available on Isandla Institute coordinated Halogen between 2006 and 2010.

Further details on Halogen can be found at

Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS into human settlements planning & Scenarios for human settlements planning in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

In 2009/2010, Isandla Institute conducted a pilot study in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, reviewing its human settlements response from the perspective of HIV/AIDS. Particular attention was given to informal settlement upgrading. The pilot study was complemented by a scenarios building exercise with senior representatives from the municipality, aimed at reviewing settlement planning and management assumptions in relation to broader socio-economic and institutional drivers of development in the city. The project was conducted in partnership with Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.