SA Cities Urban Land Dialogues Report
Social Production of Habitat – WUF9 Kuala Lumpur
Planact was part of the Social Production of Habitat – WUF9 Kuala Lumpur on 11 February 2018
This section is a part of: Urban Debates
The notion of social production of habitat refers to a process whereby a network of stakeholders collectively determines the production and or improves the conditions of their own habitat (dwelling place and living environment). The process of social production of habitat is characterized by a large measure of voluntary action and people’s agency. New Urban Agenda highlights important urban challenges and questions that contemporary cities are grappling with, such as how to plan and manage cities, towns and villages for sustainable development. A key Sustainable Development Goal relates to “Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. This debate on the social production of habitat generated evidence based knowledge instrumental in improving practice of social production of habitat in the African context. Policymakers need to address key barriers to social production on habitat. There is need to improve legislation to make implementation rules clearer and more explicit, particularly around delivery mechanisms. The debate contextualized the social production of habitat for the African context by bringing civil society actors, academics, activists, practitioners, local government officials and political figureheads into a serious discussion about these issues.
Arbor Day Campaign in Kwazenzele
Members of Kwazenzele Youth Development committee planting trees. (more…)
Planact 30th Anniversary, August 2016
This briefing outlines Planact’s unique role in transforming South African communities over the last 30 years. On August 26, 2016, Planact will commemorate the organisation’s 30 year anniversary with a one day celebration, where founders, funders, community leaders, local development practitioners and sector partners will reflect on the theme ‘Towards a realisation of inclusive urban development and deepened democracy’.
Corridors of Freedom Consultative Meeting – Post Event Report
After the meeting, we expected to have:
- An enhanced understanding of the corridors of freedom project
- Gathered views and concerns of the residents
- Understood the role of Planact, City of Johannesburg, and Wits University
Articles and Presentations
Recent short articles and presentations by Planact staff and partners can be accessed below:
- “Participatory Incremental Upgrading”: a pilot study of a Planact project in a Johannesburg inner city ‘bad building’. Masters thesis by Simon Sizwe Mayson, 2012.
- “Building Citizens Through Participatory Democracy” Presentation done by Planact’s Mike Makwela at the City of Johannesburg Governance and Service Delivery Seminar held in Johannesburg on 30 August 2011 as part of the GDS consultative process.
- Presentations made at the “Informal Settlement Upgrading Learning Event” which was held at the Planact Offices on 23 February 2011.
- DAG National Conference Presentation October 2010 “Meaningful Participation for Democratic Urban Governance” Report by Planact’s Hermine Engel for the DAG National Conference October 2010:Reimagining the City:A New Urban Order”.
- “Incorporating Environmental Consciousness Into Planact’s Work”, Part 1 and Part 2 Skills Development Workshop, 31 May 2010, by Shannon Stone.
- “Participation and Development from the Perspective of the Poor”, Research Dissemination Seminar Presentation, 26 March 2010, by Stephen Greenberg; Dr Claire Benit-Gbaffou & Malachia Mathoho
- “Provincial Framework for Public Participation in Gauteng”, by Hermine Engel, Planact , 4 March 2010, Prepared for Provincial Public Participation Dialogue
- “Thoughts on Meaningful Engagement from an NGO perspective”, by Becky Himlin, November 2009 (published in Planact Annual Report, prepared for Meaningful Engagement Workshop, CALS, July 2009)
- “Community organizing / basic organization” by Mike Makwela, Planact, Prepared for Landfirst Meeting, 1 December 2009
- “Public Participation: A Myth or a Reality”, by Mike Makwela, Prepared for Ikwezi Institute Seminar: Protests, Development and Services Delivery, 31 July 2009
- “Civil Society Organizations in South Africa: a focus on capacity”, by Hermine Engel, November 2008 (published in Planact Annual Report, 2008)
- “People’s Housing Process: Enhanced!” by Becky Himlin, November 2008 (Published on NGO Pulse website)
- “South Africa: ‘There Shall be Houses, Security and Comfort”: Freedom Charter declaration becomes a reality for farmworkers in Muldersdrift”, by Rebecca Himlin, August 2008 (published on Habitat International Coalition (HIC) website)
- “Land Management and Democratic Governance in the City of Johannesburg” by Malachia Mathoho, 6 September 2008, Prepared for the Learning Event “Urban Land: Space for the poor in the city” Workshop for community education and advocacy” hosted by Planact, 6 September 2008“
- “Global Day of Action for Housing Rights”, by Rebecca Himlin and Hermine Engel, February 2008, (Published on NGO Pulse)
- “Progressive Approaches for Land Management and Democratic Governance” by Malachia Mathoho, November 2007 (Published in Planact Annual Report, 2007)
- “NGOs and the People’s Housing Process in South Africa: the case of Vosloorus Ext.28, Phase One”, by Mike Makwela, Prepared for Community Driven Housing Initiatives Consultative Workshop, National Department of Housing, 15 & 16 November 2007
- “The ‘Planact Way”: Reflections on Planact’s exploration of its history”, by Becky Himlin, November 2007 (published in Planact Annual Report, 2007)
Planact Contributes to the State of Local Governance 2011/2012 Report
As an active reference group member of the Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN), Planact’s Mike Makwela contributed the 2011/2012 State of Local Governance (SOLG) Report. This report released on an annunal basis serves to provide a civil society perspective on the most pertinent issues facing South African governance. The 2011/2012 SOLG GGLN publication entitled ‘Putting participation at the heart of development/putting development at the heart participation’ explores participation in various guises within a South African local governance context. Planact’s contribution explores Participatory Budgeting within a South African context as a mechanism to strengthen and deepen democracy through creating space for citizens to make decisions on their municipal budget. Find Mike Makwela’s paper ‘A Case for participatory budgeting in South Africa’ in the SOLG 2011/ 2012 through accessing the link below: