Baseline survey of the 21 ISRDP and URP nodes

Baseline survey of the 21 ISRDP and URP nodes

Comparing effectiveness of South Africa’s rural and urban development programmes

This report is the third in a sequence that gives qualitative and quantitative data from socio-economic and demographic baseline studies in 21 South African areas (nodes) making up the Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Programme (ISRDP) and Urban Renewal Programme (URP). The authors note that the tables provided in the report should be seen as a first output, designed to provide basic data and generate requests for more detailed analysis.

The authors argue that on average poverty has declined across all the nodes of the ISRDP and URP. The drop in poverty levels has been driven by widespread access to social grants provided by the Department of Social Development. There are however discernible rural/urban difference, where urban municipalities are outperforming their rural counterparts in providing infrastructure and services to citizens. Differences are also apparent within the URP and ISRDP, which suggest that local governance remains a critical performance indicator and, in many rural areas, an issue of on-going concern.

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