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Learning event on community experiences of integrated development planning

Planact hosted a GGLN regional learning event on the 11 August 2007 to provide communities with an opportunity to reflect critically on the IDP processes by sharing their experiences and to make recommendations to improve the process.

The workshop was attended by community leaders from the following informal settlements: Thembelihle, Vosloorus, Diepsloot, Protea South, Zandspruit and Muldersdrift. The GGLN was represented by EISA, CMRA, BESG and FCR. A representative from the SA Cities Network, a Ward Councilor from Vosloorus and an official from the Speaker’s Office of Mogale City Local Municipality were also present.

There were several issues of concern that communities raised. The main issue raised was that prioritization of needs was often done without effective community input. In addition, participants felt that time allocated for thorough and effective public participation was inadequate and that communication between the municipality and the community regarding the IDP process needs to improve. Capacity and resources were also noted as key concerns.

The participants felt that the workshop was valuable in providing a space to learn from different experiences and to share ideas about ways to improve the IDP process so that it can genuinely benefit communities by more effectively addressing community needs.

A detailed report expanding on the key concerns and noting the community recommendations will soon be available on the website.

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