Initiated in 1989, the KsK programme of Partners in Development shows how a tri-partite approach of pooling resources and capabilities of private landowners, city and central government and the poor can be used to improve urban living conditions. Strong political will and an enlightened perception of the poor has enabled a city government to reduce poverty, manage urbanisation and improve quality of life in urban areas. 81 per cent of the 7,400 low-income households have been improved to date. Strong community participation has been important in the legalisaion of land occupation and the upgrading of urban infrastructure and helping to achieve an improved quality of life for the urban poor.


Local government, local community, private sector, national government