Since the advent of democracy in 1994, local government in South Africa has become a more important sphere than before: it is bigger than it once was, and has particular responsibility for local development. Integrated development plans (IDPs) play a key role in this context. They provide strategic direction to the work of municipalities and to the activities of government departments. Nevertheless, they are required to follow national guidelines. This report provides a summary of research on how South Africa's commitments to gender equality fare in this context. Focusing on three case studies of municipalities in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the research examined whether national gender policy directives and guidelines are taken through in local government, IDP processes and outcomes, and in implementation. Drawing on workshops with several stakeholders, the document also looks at how practice might be improved. It hopes to stimulate thinking and debate on how to promote women's rights and gender equality within decentralisation, IDP and project.
Alison Todes is a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of the Witwatersrand. Pearl Sithole is a research specialist in the democracy and governance research program at the Human Sciences Research Council. Amanda Williamson is a senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand's school of architecture and planning.
Introduction and purpose - target group, structure; background - the decentralisation debate, decentralisation and the IDP process, the research process, eThekweni municipality, msinga municipality, Hibiscus coast municipality; the national and provincial study, National gender policy, IDPs and gender, the limits of implementation, conclusion; the municipal case studies; women's voices and the place of gender in the municipality, IDPs and gender, gender within projects, conclusions; future directions; top-down approaches - bottom-up approaches - voice, bottom-up approaches - IDPs, bottom-up approaches - projects, a differentiated approach.
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