Tracking the millennium development goals in South Africa’s 21 poorest nodes
Matt Smith, University of Warwick
David Everatt, Strategy and Tactics
A study commissioned by the South African Department of Social Development to explore innovative ways to build sustainable livelihoods in the 21 nodes that make up the Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Programme (ISRDP) and Urban Renewal Programme (URP) included conducting a socio-economic and demographic baseline survey in the 21 nodes. These nodes (13 fall under the ISRDP and 8 fall under the URP) were selected because of the deep poverty in which many of their citizens live. Data, from 8 387 randomly selected respondents across the 21 nodes, suggests South Africa is making progress towards achieving the MDGs but vast discrepancies exist at nodal level. Local conditions, especially those associated with local governance, are having a profound effect on attaining the MDGs. Strategies being developed to ensure realisation of the MDGs must take local circumstances into account otherwise certain nodes will continue to fall further behind nodes making progress.