Urban development

Government to Tackle Housing Shortage – Zuma

Government plans to set up a guarantee fund of R1 billion to incentivise the private banking and housing sector to develop new products to meet the country’s housing demand.

President Jacob Zuma, in his state of the nation address in Parliament, said a key new initiative will be to accommodate people whose salaries are too high to get government subsidies, but who earn too little to qualify for a normal bank mortgage.

Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2009

The Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank has just released its annual flagship publication - the Annual Review of Development Effectiveness - for 2009. This presents findings on the outcomes of Bank projects and country programmes and the evolution of monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The review examines the Bank's support for environmentally sustainable development compatible with economic growth and poverty reduction.

Africa Development

Africa Development is the quarterly bilingual journal of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa published since 1976. It is a social science journal whose major focus is on issues which are central to the development of society. Its principal objective is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among African scholars from a variety of intellectual persuasions and various disciplines. The journal also encourages other contributors working on Africa or those undertaking comparative analysis of developing world issues.

PLAAS: The South African Index of Multiple Deprivation at Datazone Level and Recent Developments

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is hosting a seminar on the South Africa Index of Multiple Deprivation at Datazone Level on 8 October 2009 in Cape Town.

Abstract:

CASASP has just completed a fine-grained profile of multiple deprivation in South Africa - the South African Index of Multiple Deprivation (SAIMD) - for the National Department of Social Development. The SAIMD has been produced at 'datazone' level, which is a sub-ward-level statistical geography that was especially designed as part of the project.

Big Business, Poor Peoples

Transnational corporations are one of the most important actors in the global economy, occupying a more powerful position than ever before. In their persistent battle to increase profits, they have increasingly turned to the developing world, a world that holds many attractions for them. But what is their impact on the poor?

Sexwale Lambast Residents Over Housing

Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale, lashed out at residents of Thokoza hostel accusing them of calling or SMSing their cousins and uncles in rural areas to come to urban areas to queue for houses.

Sexwale, who accused unemployed residents of having the potential of becoming  sick in the head when embarking on service-delivery protests, says the shortage of low-cost government houses is worsened by migration to urban areas.

5 Million Jobs

Jobs provide self-respect, independence and fulfillment. Productive work is the bedrock of democracy and human development. South Africa needs jobs: it needs them more urgently than ever, and it needs them in the kind of numbers we have never created before. Towards the end of 2008, the Centre for Development and Enterprise and Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) brought together some leading South Africans to think ‘out of the box’ about unemployment and creating a really large number of  new jobs so that every South African who needs a job will be able to find one.

Gates Foundation Donates US$100m for Anti-HIV Gel

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated US$100 million to research into vaginal gels and other products which could help dramatically cut HIV infection rates.
According to the Maryland-based International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), the donation was made after clinical trials of one product posted "encouraging results”
In a press statement, IPM points out that, “Safe and effective microbicides have the potential to save millions of lives by giving women an HIV prevention option that they can initiate and control."

People’s Housing Process: Enhanced!

Communities can look forward to greater involvement in housing delivery thanks to the approval of a new policy, the Enhanced People’s Housing Process (ePHP), adopted in July 2008 to replace the old PHP programme. This policy is the result of lengthy negotiations with the National Department of Housing (NDoH) on the part of a handful of NGOs, dating back to 2004. The new policy adopts a broader definition of PHP, allowing for greater flexibility and choice while maintaining the central principles of people-centred development.  The policy framework states:

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