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Opportunities for Collaborative Planning in South Africa?: An analysis of the practice 're-blocking' by the South African SDI Alliance in Cape Town
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This Master thesis is written in the field of collaborative planning aiming to challenge the collaborative approach on it applicability, especially in the context of the Global South. As a case study it looks on the urban poor community participatory practice, the so called 're-blocking' in Cape Town – an example of insitu informal settlement upgrading. It questions not only to what extent re-blocking displays a successful approach of collaborative planing but also whether it can lead to more inclusive cities in South Africa. The field data was gained through qualitative semi-structured interviews, observations and an analysis of national housing policy documents. The findings evaluate re-blocking as a successful example of collaborative planning in the sense that local communities are truly involved in the process and have a lot of decision making power. Also, re- blocking can be replicable to other cities in South Africa. Yet it faces several risks in community mobilisation and communication and can only be operated on a small scale. Therefore, the thesis concludes that re-blocking itself may not lead to inclusive cities, however as an example of community participation it may change the mindset of the South African society and (local) government towards informal community inclusion. 

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2015. , 84 p.
Keyword [en]
re-blocking, collaborative planning, insitu informal settlement upgrading, urban poor communities, inclusive cities, South Africa, SDI, Upgrading Informal Settlements Programme (UISP)
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Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-124485OAI: diva2:889312
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2015-12-23 Last updated: 2016-01-13Bibliographically approved

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