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Isandla Institute is excited to announce the going live of its new webtool, "Planning for Informality".  Acting as an Open Data intitative, Planning for Informality aims to provide the public with greater accessibility to information around cities strategies which address issues and opportunities presented by informal settlements, in order to foster even greater transparency.

On the 16-17th August 2017, Isandla Institute hosted a two day National Conference entitled “Advancing Human Settlements: From Practice to Policy. Themed on the imminent transformation that is occurring in the sector, the conference was received well, leading to an outstanding attendance by over 104 individuals consisting of academics, private and public sector human settlements practioners from all over the country, built environment specialists (inclusive of architects, planners) and many others.

True collaboration with deep levels of trust and associated accountability between different role players is essential in ensuring that the needs of citizens are met.  However, collaborative efforts tend to have varying levels of success, and gaps often exist between the desires of citizens and the needs identified by government. Written collaboratively by Habitat for Humanity and Ubuhle Bakha Ubuhle, Chapter 2 of the SoLG 2017 explores these issues by discussing the case of Sweet Home Farm in Phillippi, Cape Town.

The 2017 State of Local Governance was recently Launched on July 26th 2017. This year's theme recognises the importance of both accountability and collaboration as key values and activities that drive the reclaiming of local democratic space within the field of local democracy.  

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:18

SoLG Publications available for download

The State of Local Governance (SoLG) forms the cornerstone publication of the Good Governance Learning Network. Since 2008, nine SoLG publications have been produced by the network and have provided regular commentaries on the state of local governance in South Africa. These are now available to the public for download!

CORC is proud to announce its production of a 15 minute video about the dynamics of community-led informal settlement upgrading with Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The South African alliance of community organizations and support NGOs affiliated to Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) has pioneered people-centered development initiatives by and of the poor since 1991. Acting as a core partner within the Alliance,  the Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC) provides us with an update on what they've been up to....

At four in the morning of Wednesday 19 July 2017, 275 low-income residents were forcefully evicted from Fattis Mansions, a residential building in inner-city Johannesburg. Over the course of a couple of hours, hundreds of security guards hauled the residents’ possessions out into the middle of the street. 

This user-friendly guide explains the rights of farm dwellers and the law in relation to evictions from farmland, and gives advice on how farm dwellers can navigate the legal processes involved in eviction proceedings and practically resist evictions.

Relocations have the potential to severely disrupt peoples’ lives and negatively impact their livelihoods, community relations and sense of security. To make sure this doesn’t happen, the relocation process should be carefully planned, well-run and participatory.

OpenUp offers short courses in data-driven storytelling for newsrooms, full-time and freelance journalists, activists, and people working in non-profit and non-governmental organisations.  Apply now for our Open Intake!

Municipal debt to Eskom currently stands between an impressive 9 to 10 Billion Rands.   In June 2017 during a briefing to parliament, MPs were told that Eskom had made payment arrangements with altogether 62 indebted municipalities.

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