- Public Participation for Sustainable Development in Local Cities    click here to open paper content66 kb
by    Yvonne, Moseti | ymoseti@yahoo.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
Strategic planning and public participation has been realised as a necessity in urban planning especially in planning for service delivery.
Most local authorities in developing countries have poor avenues for public participation. Top down approaches were the instruments used in governance. Information about revenue and expenditure has been inaccessible to the public and this led to poor accountability and transparency. Presently, there are efforts towards improving performance and service delivery by having the public brought in with listed priorities of development on budget days. Strategic planning is a vital instrument that can be used for improved urban governance.
Disasters bring down the many years of hard work put into development. However, the aftermath of disaster brings about new opportunities for development and local authorities can take this opportunity for redevelopment and institution of development programmes that were initially out of scope. Incorporating public participation, urban renewal after disasters is a worthy opportunity to institute sustainable development.
Best practices form other sustainable cities is a foundation upon which urban renewal or development. Local cities’ investing in training staff on new designs and technological approaches can greatly contribute to sustainable planning practice.
strategic planning,public participation,sustainability
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