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Title:Adapting to participatory forms of development planning in the eThekwini Municipality
Authors:Govender, J.P.
Khan, S.ISNI
Moodley, S.ISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Africanus
Volume:37
Issue:1
Pages:66-78
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:community participation
urban planning
municipal government
Abstract:The eThekwini Municipality is among the first in South Africa to experiment with participatory forms of development planning. The Municipality is engaged in an ambitious project to involve the community and community organizations in the Integrated Development Planning process and the local budget. The paper draws on the ideals of the Reconstruction and Development Programme as an instrument to assess the role of community participation in local development planning in general, and the local budget process in particular. The paper first locates community participation within international development practice. This is followed by a descriptive analysis of the eThekwini Municipality's experiment with a unique participatory model. The overall assessment shows that the participatory model requires further adaptation to address the challenges of representivity as well as consolidating the participatory process for the future. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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