Backyarding: An important urban housing solution (2020)

This practice brief explores case studies of state interventions in backyarding to understand the limitations and potential in the sector and suggests what more supportive interventions for backyard dwellers could look like. It draws on a model that distinguishes areas of intervention based on the status of land ownership and the intention of the intervention. In so doing, the practice brief offers a reflection on the complexities of responding adequately to the unique needs and challenges that rise in the backyard housing sector, with particular attention given to backyard rental accommodation

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  • Year 2020
  • Themes Housing Policy
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Backyard Matters

What does an incrementally developing neighbourhood look like? [POSTER]

This graphic poster appeals to our imagination about how an incrementally developing neighbourhood could look like. It is a visual depiction and interpretation of in-situ upgrading policy as it unfolds in practice over time. NGOs, municipal officials and community development practitioners can creatively use this resource in community engagements and to advocate for community needs and aspirations in an upgrading project. This product was jointly developed by Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), Development Action Group (DAG), Habitat for Humanity South Africa, Isandla Institute, People’s Environmental Planning (PEP), Ubuhle Bakha Ubuhle (UBU) and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU).

Available in English/Afrikaans and English/isiXhosa.”

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  • Year 2019
  • Themes Informal settlement upgrading, human settlements planning, incrementalism
  • Type Leaflet
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Informal Settlements Data Project

What does an incrementally developing neighbourhood look like?

This graphic novel appeals to our imagination about how an incrementally developing neighbourhood could look like. It is a visual depiction and interpretation of in-situ upgrading policy as it unfolds in practice over time. NGOs, municipal officials and community development practitioners can creatively use this resource in community engagements and to advocate for community needs and aspirations in an upgrading project. This product was jointly developed by Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), Development Action Group (DAG), Habitat for Humanity South Africa, Isandla Institute, People’s Environmental Planning (PEP), Ubuhle Bakha Ubuhle (UBU) and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU).

Available in English/Afrikaans and English/isiXhosa.”

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  • Year 2019
  • Themes Informal settlement upgrading, human settlements planning, incrementalism
  • Type Booklet
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Informal Settlements Data Project

Informal Settlement Upgrading Matters: A submission into the new human settlements policy

This submission was developed to inform the post-Breaking New Ground (BNG) human settlements policy and legislative. It has been prepared by the Cape Town NGO Collaborative Initiative, a collective of urban sector organisations with a wide range of expertise and experience in progressive practice around participatory and incremental informal settlement upgrading, and human settlements development more broadly, in South Africa. These organisations are: Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), Development Action Group (DAG), Habitat for Humanity South Africa, Isandla Institute, People’s Environmental Planning (PEP), Ubuhle Bakha Ubuhle (UBU) and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU).

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  • Year 2019
  • Type Policy submission
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Informal Settlements Data Project

From Policy to Practice: Exploring the value of community-generated data in the upgrading of informal settlements

This policy brief was developed in the context of the Informal Settlements Data Project, a partnership project between the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU), the Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC) and Isandla Institute, with support from Comic Relief. It draws together lessons emerging from the project, and the broader practice of the partner organisations. 

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  • Year 2019
  • Type Policy Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Informal Settlements Data Project

Informal Settlement Upgrading: An institutional map for NGOs

This booklet intends to support NGOs and the communities they work with to understand the institutions involved in upgrading projects and better navigate related governance processes. It is adapted from an institutional mapping exercise of the informal settlement upgrading sub-sector of human settlements development.

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  • Year 2019
  • Type Booklet
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Informal Settlements Data Project

Conflict Transformation: Exploring the generative potential of conflict in informal settlement upgrading

This practice brief moves beyond a concept of conflict management towards a notion of conflict transformation in communities to suggest that strategies for addressing conflict can be constructive in bringing about a change. We unpack the generative potential of contestation and conflict while, at the same time, acknowledging that it can become unproductive in instances where it escalates into violence or where it is used as a deliberate strategy to stall or undermine the process.

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  • Year 2019
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Building Better Neighbourhoods through Co-Production

A 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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  • Year 2019
  • Type Leaflet
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Advancing a co-production approach to upgrading informal settlements in South Africa: A Guide for Municipalities

This guide navigates the various moments in the upgrading process that present opportunities for greater community participation and co-production. It identifies possibilities for co-production and the relationships between all actors in an upgrading project. The guide responds to the realities and constraints facing municipalities, and seeks to assist officials in creating the space and shifting the mind-set across all three spheres of government towards co-production in informal settlement upgrading.

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  • Year 2019
  • Type Guide
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Informal Settlements Upgrading

Transforming Gender Relations through Informal Settlement Upgrading (2018)

In this practice brief we advance practices that shape and foster more balanced power between men and women, such that they are enabled to participate equally and meaningfully not only in upgrading projects but also in broader society.

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  • Year 2018
  • Themes Gender-Responsiveness
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Water Insecurity and Urban Development in Cape Town: Adapting water services for future resilience (2018)

In this practice brief, we describe the case of the 2017/2018 Cape Town water crisis and the conditions of water insecurity, which should propel a move towards more sustainable water resources. The practice brief also explores the principles of good water governance and suggests the water service sector can incorporate these principles in to a framework to support future resilience.

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  • Year 2018
  • Themes Water
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Land Use Management Systems: Challenges and opportunities for informal settlement upgrading (2018)

In this practice brief, we explore land use management challenges experienced in informal settlement upgrading and how SPLUMA can be leveraged to address these challenges, whilst drawing on experiences and lessons from practice that will help move towards more progressive land use management framework and systems.

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  • Year 2018
  • Themes Incrementalism
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Gender-Responsive Budgeting in Local Government Budget Advocacy

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  • Year 2018
  • Type Policy Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Accounting for Basic Services

Policy brief 3: Strengthening Accountability and Responsiveness in Municipalities – The Role of IGR

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  • Year 2018
  • Type Policy Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Accounting for Basic Services

Policy brief 2: Access to Basic Services in Insecure Environments

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  • Year 2018
  • Type Policy Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Accounting for Basic Services

Policy Brief 1: The realities of Free Basic Services and Indigency

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  • Year 2018
  • Type Policy Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Accounting for Basic Services

Promoting safety and violence prevention through informal settlement upgrading: Lessons from different informal settlement interventions for practitioners and policy makers

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  • Year 2017
  • Type Booklet
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Promoting safety and violence prevention through informal settlement upgrading

Incrementalism and settlement Upgrading: Towards inclusive urban development (2017)

This practice brief examines the manifestations of incrementalism as well as the potential and limitations of incremental informal settlement upgrading. The practice brief offers a reflection on the realities of implementing an incremental, co-productive and progressive approach with regards to informal settlement upgrading across South Africa, and concludes with lessons learnt from the Cape Town-based community of practice.

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  • Year 2017
  • Themes Incrementalism
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Securing Tenure in Informal Settlements: Exploring an emerging approach (2017)

In this practice brief we explore the ways in which informal settlement upgrading interventions can enable residents to move along a continuum from lesser to greater tenure security without privileging individual ownership as the only desirable end-point. It offers some practical recommendations intended to guide the work of informal settlement upgrading practitioners.

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  • Year 2017
  • Themes Participatory Informal Settlement Upgrading
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Upgrading informal settlements in South Africa: A partnership-based approach

Upgrading informal settlements in South Africa: A partnership-based approach (UCT Press) 2016 – ISBN: 9781775820833

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  • Year 2016
  • Type Book
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Advancing a partnership-based approach to incremental upgrading of informal settlements

Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods through informal settlement upgrading (2016

This practice brief considers the potential for upgrading interventions to support the livelihood strategies of residents living in informal settlements. Using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF), it considers the multiple interrelated factors that affect the sustainability of livelihoods, and explores methods that can be used to make sense of local realities.

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  • Year 2016
  • Themes Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

A Civic Academy: Transforming cities and neighbourhoods through community activism

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  • Year 2016
  • Type Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Civic Academy

Cultivating Community Capability: making participation meaningful in informal settlement upgrading (2015)

This practice brief suggests that community capability is a complex concept that consists of multiple dimensions, including skills and competencies, information, assets and values and orientations. These dimensions are interdependent, and may be either constraining or enabling. We consider both the benefits and challenges of enhancing community capability for informal settlement upgrading.

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  • Year 2015
  • Themes Participatory Informal Settlement Upgrading
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Transformation Through Partnership: unpacking the positive potential of multi-sectoral collaboration for informal settlement upgrading (2015)

The practice suggests that multi-sectoral partnerships are valuable in processes of informal settlement upgrading as it allows for the combination of approaches aimed at meeting the immediate needs of the urban poor, and those that seek to ensure democratic decision making through participatory local governance. It acknowledges that while partnerships hold both normative and practical benefits, they are by no means easy. Drawing on the experiences of Cape Town-based practitioners the document offers some recommendations for how to mitigate challenges related to multi-sectoral partnerships, and for ensuring meaningful collaboration between diverse stakeholders.

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  • Year 2015
  • Themes Participatory Informal Settlement Upgrading
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

A Civic Academy: Towards better spatial outcomes through enhanced civic activism and deliberative local democracy

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  • Year 2015
  • Type Concept Note
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Civic Academy

Participatory Informal Settlement Upgrading in South Africa: moving from theory to practice (2014)

This practice brief provides an overview of upgrading as an approach to development. This serves not only to highlight the merits of upgrading, as well as key principles such as participation and incrementalism, but also to draw out some of the potential limitations to the successful large-scale implementation of upgrading interventions in South Africa.

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  • Year 2014
  • Themes Participatory Informal Settlement Upgrading
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Towards Inclusive Cities: community-based planning for informal settlement upgrading (2014)

This practice brief argues that inclusive cities can only be built through processes that draw on the experiences and expertise of local communities. It shows that community-based planning offers key principles and methods that are useful for formulating upgrading interventions that are grounded in community participation and that promote the co-construction of inclusive, just and sustainable urban living environments.

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  • Year 2014
  • Themes Participatory Informal Settlement Upgrading
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Managing the Interface: exploring the need for intermediation in informal settlement upgrading (2014)

This practice brief argues that actors who are able to hold the space between key stakeholders in the process of informal settlement upgrading have a significant role to play in strengthening development practice in South Africa. Given the complexity of informal settlement upgrading – an approach that requires the involvement of multiple actors with often divergent interests – the practice brief suggests that intermediation is critical to the success of this approach

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  • Year 2014
  • Themes Participatory Informal Settlement Upgrading
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Building communities of practice to advance participatory approaches to informal settlement upgrading

Establishing citizenship academies to cultivate ‘cunning intelligence’ and ‘practical wisdom’ in local governance in South Africa

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  • Year 2013
  • Type Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Civic Academy

The Right to the City – Communique

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  • Year 2012
  • Type Communique
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project The Right to the City

Drawing the line: The politics of demarcation in South Africa: Discussion Paper and Roundtable Report (July 2013)

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  • Year 2012
  • Type Discussion Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project The Politics of Local Governance

The shape of things to come: Towards a more accountable, responsive and people-centered local government? Discussion Paper and Roundtable Report (November 2012)

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  • Year 2012
  • Type Discussion Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project The Politics of Local Governance

Advancing active citizenship: A Citizenship Academy as a means to strengthen local democracy? Discussion Paper and Roundtable Report (July 2012)

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  • Year 2012
  • Type Discussion Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project The Politics of Local Governance

GGLN Position on the Role and Functioning of Provincial Government in South Africa (March 2012)

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  • Year 2012
  • Type Position Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project The Politics of Local Governance

Managing urban land: a guide for municipal practitioners

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  • Year 2011
  • Type Guide
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Guide on urban land governance

Making Urban Land and Space Matter - Position paper

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  • Year 2011
  • Type Position Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Making urban land and space matter: A critique of the South African approach to urban transformation

The Right to the City in a South African Context: NGO Submission and National Roundtable Report (2011) – Summary

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  • Year 2011
  • Type Summary
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project The Right to the City

The Right to the City in a South African Context: NGO Submission and National Roundtable Report (2011)

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  • Year 2011
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project The Right to the City

Policy Brief: Living in contested spaces: The role of factionalism in local government (December 2011)

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  • Year 2011
  • Type Policy Brief
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project The Politics of Local Governance

Local politics and factionalism: Local government as a site of contestation: Discussion Paper and Roundtable Report (December 2011)

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  • Year 2011
  • Type Discussion Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project The Politics of Local Governance

GGLN Position on the Introduction of a Single Election for South Africa (October 2011)

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  • Year 2011
  • Type Position Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project The Politics of Local Governance

Local politics and factionalism: Local government as a site of contestation

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  • Year 2011
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Accounting for Basic Services

Municipal rates policies and the urban poor - How can municipal rates policies promote access by the poor to urban land markets?

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  • Year 2009
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project SACN pro-poor property rating policies

Pioneers of Participation Case Studies

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  • Year 2009
  • Type Case Study
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Pioneers of Participation

Pioneers of Participation Event Report

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  • Year 2009
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Pioneers of Participation

Implementation Support Strategy for Municipal Projects to Recognise and Enhance the Operation of Socially-dominated Land Markets

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  • Year 2008
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Municipal recognition of informal land markets

Consolidating Developmental Local Government: Lessons from the South African Experience

Consolidating Developmental Local Government: Lessons from the South African Experience (Juta Press) 2008 - ISBN: 9781919895048

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  • Year 2008
  • Type Book
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Revisiting Developmental Local Government

Culture and the right to the city: Diversity in the cultural ecology of Cape Town

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  • Year 2008
  • Type Research Report
  • Practice Area Urban Development
  • Project Culture and the right to the city: Diversity in the cultural ecology of Cape Town

Voices of the Poor: community perspectives on accessing urban land

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  • Year 2007
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Do informal land markets work for poor people? An assessment of three metropolitan cities in South Africa

Rethinking Regional Development in the Western Cape

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  • Year 2007
  • Type Research Report
  • Practice Area Urban Development
  • Project Rethinking Regional Development in the Western Cape

Mainstreaming Local Government Responses to HIV/AIDS

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  • Year 2007
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area HIV
  • Project HIV/AIDS and urban poverty in South Africa

HIV/AIDS and sustainable human settlements development in South Africa: An introductory guide for municipal practitioners

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  • Year 2007
  • Type Guide
  • Practice Area HIV
  • Project HIV/AIDS and urban poverty in South Africa

Building ‘Positive’ Spaces: Sustainable human settlements development in a context of HIV/AIDS

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  • Year 2007
  • Type Concept Paper
  • Practice Area HIV
  • Project HIV/AIDS and urban poverty in South Africa

Service Delivery input paper

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  • Year 2007
  • Type Input Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Input papers

Community participation and empowerment within the realm of local governance in South Africa: An assessment of current practice and possibilities for strengthening participatory local governance

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  • Year 2007
  • Type Input Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Governance
  • Project Input papers

Urban Studies special issue: Urban culture and development: Starting with South Africa

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  • Year 2006
  • Type Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Land
  • Project Connecting Urban Development Policy and Theory

Cape Town 2025 Conference Report

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  • Year 2005
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area Urban Development
  • Project Cape Town 2025

Cape Town 2025: Urban Form and Infrastructure

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  • Year 2005
  • Type Research Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Development
  • Project Cape Town 2025

Cape Town 2025: A City of Sustainable Neighbourhoods

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  • Year 2005
  • Type Research Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Development
  • Project Cape Town 2025

Cape Town 2025: The Status of Cape Town: Development Overview

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  • Year 2005
  • Type Research Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Development
  • Project Cape Town 2025

Homeless people’s alliance: Centre for Civil Society’s project

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  • Year 2004
  • Type Research Report
  • Practice Area Civil Society
  • Project Social movements and urban development

Political Opportunity Structures of the Urban Social Movements in South Africa

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  • Year 2002
  • Type Research Paper
  • Practice Area Civil Society
  • Project Urban Social Movements

Capacity Building for Poverty Eradication

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  • Year 2002
  • Type Concept Paper
  • Practice Area Civil Society
  • Project Capacity Building for Poverty Eradication

HIV/AIDS and urban poverty in South Africa

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  • Year 2002
  • Type Background Paper
  • Practice Area HIV
  • Project HIV/AIDS and urban poverty in South Africa

Capacity Building for Poverty Eradication 2002

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  • Year 2002
  • Type Practice Brief
  • Practice Area Civil Society
  • Project Accounting for Basic Services

Towards a National Anti-Poverty Agenda for civil society

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  • Year 2000
  • Type Background Paper
  • Practice Area Civil Society
  • Project Backyard Matters

Existing municipal initiatives in Manenberg

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  • Year 2000
  • Type Paper
  • Practice Area Urban Development
  • Project Overview of community development processes in Manenberg (Cape Town)

Mainstreaming poverty reduction in the Cape Metropolitan Area

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  • Year 1999
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area Urban Development
  • Project Poverty-reduction Framework for the Cape Metropolitan Area

Key Performance Indicators: Poverty Indicators and the Seven Strategic Priorities of the City of Cape Town

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  • Year 1999
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area Urban Development
  • Project Key-Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the mainstreaming of poverty reduction

Key Performance Indicators: Poverty Indicators and the Seven Strategic Priorities of the City of Cape Town

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  • Year 1999
  • Type Report
  • Practice Area Urban Development
  • Project Accounting for Basic Services

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