South African Country Synthesis Report
With the right development approaches, African cities can become hubs that relieve poverty and drive regional growth.
PEAK Urban investigates the proactive policies and interventions that can produce efficient, productive, inclusive and sustainable futures.
Reform planning philosophies to guide and coordinate, and embrace informality.
Policymakers can best achieve sustainable, equitable cities by replacing urban planning philosophies of rigid regulation and top-down control with flexible guidance and participatory coordination.
Govern across sectors and levels to address urban complexity
Acknowledge and support urban residents' role in shaping cities
Urban policy should foster an active civil society to help shape policy and hold the state accountable, embracing citizens' valuable knowledge on adapting to and managing urban challenges. Stakeholders must think creatively about how to bring urban residents and civil society groups into the discussion with other urban governance actors, and work hard to foster persistent engagement with a city's people.
Provide multi-stakeholder forums to manage contradictions