There are numerous constraints to democratic urban governance in South Africa: Sometimes a department or official is willing to adopt more participatory methods but lacks the know-how to do so [...]
6. DOES PARTICIPATION AND DEMOCRATIC URBAN GOVERNANCE PROCESSES SET COMMUNITIES / OFFICIALS UP FOR CONFLICT?
The use of a city’s resources is always contested as cities must serve the needs of various groups, many with conflicting interests. Sometimes, for example in the City of Cape Town, these [...]
No, democratic urban governance is about contestation between interest groups for the deployment of resources. The participants have different interests will be in conflict from time to time. [...]
4. DOES PARTICIPATION AND DEMOCRATIC URBAN GOVERNANCE PROCESSES RAISE UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS AMONGST COMMUNITIES?
On the contrary, democratic urban governance makes it possible for communities to adjust their expectations to what can realistically be achieved. Due to the increased transparency and [...]
It’s often believed that devolution of responsibilities to the local level is needed for democratic urban governance to succeed but some studies have shown that all responsibilities need not be [...]
1. WHY WOULD WE WANT TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DEMOCRATIC URBAN GOVERNANCE?
Participation is time-consuming and challenging and results cannot be guaranteed but when people participate in the governance of their cities there are benefits for the city and the citizens. [...]