The district development model as a catalyst for improved integrated development planning

Journal of Local Government Research and Innovation

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Title The district development model as a catalyst for improved integrated development planning
Creator Teti, Mzwandile Nzewi, Ogochukwu Iruoma Lungisa, Sithenkosi
Subject — local government; district development model; service delivery; intergovernmental relations; coordination.
Description Background: In the search for a panacea to local government dysfunction, the structure of local government is an important area of focus. Largely, district and local municipalities which were carved out of the need for post-apartheid transformational spatial development, struggle to achieve the delivery of planning goals. In 2019, the South African government introduced the District Development Model (DDM), an innovative platform that will tackle poor coordination of service delivery in the local sphere. The model has been piloted in the O.R. Tambo District in the Eastern Cape province.Aim: This research critically explores the potential of the DDM to improve Integrated Development Planning (IDP) in O.R. Tambo District Municipality.Methods: In search for meaningful exploration of this latest intervention, the study anchors itself on the interpretivist research paradigm. Semi-structured interview with in-depth preset open-ended questions was conducted with five senior managers.Results: The results show that although there seems to be a general awareness of the DDM among principal actors, there are some grey areas on how it is to function and how the expected results are to be achieved. Internal and external grey areas include coordination and communication dynamics within the model, and the whole change management process needed to effectively put this initiative in place.Conclusion: The article recommends an open systems approach to the DDM which makes the DDM hub an agile team.Contribution: This study adds to the knowledge on alternative service delivery models; it provides as a source to the introduction of the DDM, and it represents initial exploratory research into DDM.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2024-03-04
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jolgri.v5i0.153
Source Journal of Local Government Research and Innovation; Vol 5 (2024); 12 pages 2788-919X 2709-7412
Language eng
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