Policy Brief 1 - Responding to South Africa's Urban Development Challenge
Urban areas are demographically, economically and politically important, being home to 62% of South Africa’s population. While cities may contribute significantly to the economy, they face serious challenges to sustainable and inclusive development. These include high levels of poverty, socio-spatial inequalities, infrastructure deficits, insufficient skills and uneven educational performance. Economic growth, poverty and inequality-reduction objectives will require harnessing the growth potential and other transformational attributes associated with urban areas. The Financial and Fiscal Commission found that certain conceptual, structural and fiscal challenges impede effective urban development spending and programmes.
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