Institutional development for Third World city management : an investigation into Third World city management and its instsitutional development imperatives
The challenge of rapid urbanisation and its attendant demands for infrastructure and services, confronts every local government in the developing world. The weakness of that local government compounds the enormity of the challenge. The most recent literature, on the general topic of Third World city management, does not offer a coherent set of interventions to deal with the urban or institutional aspects of city growth. This is despite some current work in multi-lateral development agencies and in academic circles. This thesis therefore seeks to develop a set of frameworks to guide future interventions in the urban management systems of developing countries. It does so by investigating the theory of institutional development and its application in the practice of urban management. It also analyses the literature on the function and form of Third World city management. The synthesis suggests three frameworks to guide the urban management process and its institutional development imperatives. These imperatives concern the integration, decentralisation and sustainability of the process. In turn, the process seeks to embrace the holistic nature of urban management. This holism includes the symbiotic relationship between the city and its governing institution. Ultimately, the intention is to present these frameworks as thinking checklists. These are designed to encourage both theorists and practitioners to discover solutions to the urban management challenge in their parts of the Third World.