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This article is taken from the August 2001 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

The Integrated Rural Development Strategy - S&T supporting the Office of the Deputy President

S&T has been providing support to Dr Bongani Khumalo, Strategic Advisor to the Deputy President on HIV/AIDS and the Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy. David Everatt describes the work S&T has been doing.

Introduction

In his State of the Nation address earlier this year, President Mbeki announced the launch of the Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy (ISRDS) and the Urban Renewal Strategy (URS). The ISRDS was initially the responsibility of the Office of the Deputy President, before the implementation phase began and the Department of Provincial and Local Government and Independent Development Trust took over. The ISRDS is a mechanism for achieving integrated development at the point of delivery. Through the Integrated Development Plans (IDPs), developed by local government structures, communities identify and prioritise their development needs. Provision is then sourced through existing programmes, such as Working for Water or the Consolidated Municipal Infrastructure Fund. Over time, the engine that drives demand will shift from central to local; and through the IDP, the on-going bug-bear of non-co-ordination between departments and programmes should be resolved.

Support

Strategy & Tactics was requested to provide support to Dr Bongani Khumalo, Strategic Advisor to the Deputy President for the ISRDS. Our role focused on transforming the ISRDS from a lengthy, complex document into a brochure that was accessible and useful. The ISRDS document is an important and highly critical analysis of government’s role in delivering development since 1994. It is important both for the frankness with which it reviews the past, and (more importantly) for the delivery model it recommends for the future. But it also has to be accessible to community-based and non-governmental organisations, and in a format that allows people to quickly understand the ISRDS and their role in it. Working with Dr Khumalo, S&T in partnership with Into the Limelight produced a colourful and accessible version of the ISRDS, as well as campaign logos and names. S&T also provided research and other assistance to Dr Khumalo.

 

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