Planact is a non-governmental development organisation, incorporated as a Section 21 company in 1995, whose aim is to bring about local development for the poor within an integrated framework. Originally formed as a voluntary association of professionals in 1985, Planact has evolved into a well-established non-profit organisation whose contributions to urban development processes are widely known and valued. To contribute to the achievement of the strategic development goals of poverty eradication and deepening democracy, Planact’s work is directed towards promoting and supporting integrated human settlements and contributing to the local government transformation process and the development and strengthening of community-based organisations. These three focus areas form integrated components informing Planact’s work programme, described in more detail below.
Planact’s vision is that “all people in vulnerable situations live in habitable environments of their choice and are able to express and advance their interests freely”.