State-led versus community-initiated: stormwater drainage and informal settlement intervention in Johannesburg, South Africa

Olumuyiwa Bayode Adegun in Environment and Urbanization, May 2015. Volume 27, Number 1, April 2015.

In two informal settlements in Johannesburg, South Africa, stormwater drainage interventions were investigated and compared. In the case of Elias Motsoaledi settlement, the intervention was state-led; in Slovo Park settlement it involved community-based initiatives. Both settlements are vulnerable to runoff-related disturbances. State-led stormwater management interventions in informal settlements are embedded in a context that can create various concerns and contradictions, participatory challenges, and political influence. Community-initiated approaches can also have limitations and coping strategies can be minimally effective. The state’s central role is clear from both cases and it highlights the need for integration between the state-led and communitarian approaches towards co-producing meaningful drainage and infrastructural intervention in informal settlements.

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Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher Environment & Urbanization
Year 2015
Author(s) Olumuyiwa Bayode Adegun
DOI 10.1177/0956247815569700
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