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People Working Informally: Negotiating the Use of Public Spaces in Durban City

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dc.contributor.author Lund, Francie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-29T16:48:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-29T16:48:35Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8051
dc.description.abstract "In South Africa's transition to democracy, much attention has focused on policy changes at the national level. Policies cover a wide range of sectors, and have had in common that they attempt to address the legacy of racial discrimination and inequality that was the outcome of years of colonialism and then apartheid. In a very concrete way, the daily lives of urban citizens are affected by the actions and approaches of local government--approaches which help or hinder people in gaining entry and access to the city, and shelter, and basic services, as they try to create or maintain secure places for living, and for making a living. Durban is in KwaZulu-Natal, the most populous of the nine provinces. The province as a whole has high rates of poverty and unemployment, and a great deal of circular migration between rural and urban areas. Durban is the third largest city in the country, with some 3 million people, and is the economic engine of the province. Since 1994, the city has positioned itself both as an investor-friendly city, and as one with a commitment to the development of poorer people and poorer areas. One process of policy change addressed the development of a new policy and approach towards informal workers and their enterprises, an approach which would enable both better management of the city, and the promotion of economic opportunities for poorer people. This paper gives a very summarised account of the background to the policy, and the innovative elements of the policy. I then identify some of the key strategic issues which helped facilitate this process of transition." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject urban affairs en_US
dc.subject informal economy en_US
dc.subject state and local governance en_US
dc.subject public policy en_US
dc.subject cities and towns en_US
dc.subject poverty en_US
dc.title People Working Informally: Negotiating the Use of Public Spaces in Durban City en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country South Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Urban Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Urban Development for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction, Second Urban Research Symposium of the World Bank en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates December 15-17 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Washington, DC en_US

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