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Title:Perceptions of Regional Development Structures in the Eastern Cape: Development Region D
Author:Davies, W.J.
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
rural development
Development and Technology
Abstract:This article contains a review of the findings of an attitudinal survey conducted among persons in the South African portion of Region D in the Eastern Cape who are either actively involved in the regional institutional structures responsible for the administration and management of regional development or are associated with other institutions affiliated to such structures. The organizational structure of the institutions concerned consists of a hierarchy extending from District Development Associations (DDAs) and Regional Development Associations (RDAs) - the so-called 'grassroots' level - to the Regional Development Advisory Committee (RDAC) and the Regional Liaison Committee (RLC). South Africa's National Regional Development Programme (NRDP) specifies a mix of top-down and bottom-up processes to promote and facilitate a 'total' regional development strategy. The top-down component involves the central government's Ministry of Constitutional Development and Planning. The bottom-up component consists of DDAs, RDAs and RDACs. Survey respondents' opinions show that the regional institutions have very little, if any, influence upon regional development policy. Ref.