HIV/AIDS in the City: A few notable exceptions aside,
there is limited evidence of significant engagement on HIV/AIDS from the
developmental local state. Most municipalities in general and city governments
in particular are still caught in a paradigm that views HIV/AIDS primarily as a
health issue and a matter of individual conduct. The development dimensions of
HIV/AIDS are not sufficiently understood, let alone responded to. Isandla
Institute seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the specific
factors in particular urban localities that contribute to (or possibly hinder)
the spread of HIV and that influence the coping capabilities of individuals,
households, communities and institutions (including the developmental state)
when affected by HIV/AIDS. The programme also focuses on intellectual and
strategic tools for the development of an appropriate, comprehensive response
by the developmental state.
Culture: A key challenge of urban planning
and development is to ensure that these urban planning interventions contribute
to a vibrant cultural life and enhance people's sense of identity and
belonging. Often, this important dynamic of city life is overlooked and not
sufficiently taken into account in urban planning, particularly as city
governments are under pressure to deliver 'hard' infrastructure. There is also
a tendency to invest in strategies and processes that make cities globally
attractive to tourists, without due regard for the cultural needs and
expressions of local communities. Isandla Institute's particular
interest lies in the role of culture in urban regeneration and the contribution
a cultural perspective can make towards social inclusion and equity.
The Development Dialogues are quarterly events, co-hosted by Isandla Institute and the Open Society Foundation for
Apartheid City through Urban Integration: This is an ongoing area of work of Isandla Institute,
focusing on how various post-1994 government policies impact on urban
spaces with a view to formulate policy guidelines to ensure meaningful urban
renewal and spatial justice. The policy findings of this research have
been disseminated through an article in Development Update,the journal published by Interfund/SANGOCO.
A second paper has been published in Urban Forum.