Mandela’s Unfinished Business: Housing Needs and the Spatial Legacy of Apartheid in South Africa

South Africa’s deteriorating housing stock is putting pressure on the nation’s growing cities, many of which have started programs to move residents into emergency housing alternatives. The challenge is enormous. The Ford Foundation is working with partners in Johannesburg and Cape Town to develop out-of-the-box solutions based on new policies that promote collaboration with government and private developers who take over substandard buildings. Cities have also been busy developing town planning policies that aim to respond to apartheid’s spatial legacy. Is it working? What methods are being used to break through hurdles?

  • Nicolette Naylor, Senior Program Officer, Human Rights and Governance, Ford Foundation, Office for South Africa

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