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Kathy Michell, Luke Boyle

09 May 2020

English

Luke Boyle

Academic paper

Urban Real Estate Research Unit

South Africa

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Built environment

Communities

Global South

Governance

Human settlements

Non-government organisation

Non-state actors

Poverty & inequality

Public participation

Social facilities

South Africa

Urban

Urban regeneration

Key ingredients for a collaborative urban regeneration strategy in the Global South

The paper documents the development of a collaborative regeneration strategy for a marginalised community in Cape Town that was led by a Non-Profit Company (NPC). The NPC’s vision for the strategy was to incorporate key inputs from the community to unlock the economic potential of the area and promote upliftment. A case study methodology was adopted which included a series of interviews and community engagement workshops. The research aimed to identify the key ingredients required to drive collaborative urban regeneration in marginalised communities in the global south. The study established that in the absence of effective leadership and service delivery from local authorities the community feel disenfranchised as their community is not seen as an immediate priority. There was a deep-rooted mistrust in the process being driven by the NPC and the visioning process was met with resistance and suspicion. The engagement process lacked depth/scope and reflected a top-down approach. It is concluded that fundamental ingredients for effective collaborative urban regeneration are trust between the key stakeholders, a diverse assortment of expertise and skills, and an in-depth engagement process. Without these factors urban regeneration is likely to only entrench the complex urban issues it seeks to reconcile.

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