Urban Governance Indicators for South African Cities - 2020

The South African State of the Cities Report (SOCR) is an important documentation of the performance and conditions of South African cities. It is a barometer “compiling evidence about the progress made by South African cities over time in relation to key development roles, targets and outcomes. The SOCR serves as an analytical tool, that works to review the functional issue and opportunities that cities have and assists with agenda-setting, conveying fundamental messages about the planning, improvement and the management around cities. The information is important for monitoring and evaluation, useful to the next generation of city planners, councilors and authorities.

The proposed Urban Governance Index (UGI) for South African cities is designed to be context-specific to South Africa’s urban challenges and fully representative of the South African reality. It draws from several theoretical frameworks namely the social exclusion theory (Lenoir, 1974, Atkinson, 1998), participation theory (Chambers 1994, 1997, World Bank 2000, Cornwall 2000), Batho Pele principles, Sen’s capability approach and instrumental freedoms (Sen, 1999), and the Sustainable development goals (UN, 2015). In relation to the UGI, these frameworks translate into five sub-categories, namely effectiveness of governance, equity in governance, participation in governance, accountability in governance and sustainable security. Each of these five sub-categories is equally weighted to yield the overall UGI. The sub-categories and UGI are scored across a scale of 0 – 100 with higher figures representing better governance outcomes whiles lower figures denote poorer governance outcomes.

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Author Mercy Ngungu
Maintainer Danga Mughogho
Last Updated July 30, 2021, 07:11 (UTC)
Created July 30, 2021, 07:09 (UTC)

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