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Khanya-African Institute for Community-Driven Development

Overview of Community Driven Development in South Africa

Khanya-African Institute for Community-Driven Development (Khanya-aicdd)

10 May 2005

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This paper is written by the Khanya-African Institute for Community-Driven Development (Khanya-aicdd) as part of research funded by DFID and managed by the Bradford Centre for International Development (BCID) entitled "How participation evolves: individuals, community workers and institutions". Khanya-aicdd is the partner in South Africa, and BCID is undertaking the work in Tanzania.

The purpose of this research is to identify the potential and constraints of community-based management and service delivery, by tracking the evolution of participation, in selected projects as shaped by the interface between individuals, community workers and institutions.

Participation and pro-poor development is both enabled and constrained by individual identities, the actions of community workers and the workings of institutions. The positive aspects can be enhanced through a greater understanding of individual motivations, institutional processes and improved monitoring techniques.

There are three research objectives:

  1. to understand individual participation in collective activity;
  2. to understand the contribution of community-workers to participatory processes; and
  3. to understand the possibilities for 'getting institutions right' for pro-poor development.
It is using innovatory methods to track collective and individual life trajectories through life-history interviewing and auto-ethnography, with particular attention to building the capacity of local research assistants to produce their own research.

This report summarises the situation with CDD and challenges in South Africa (SA).

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