The sustainable development goals signed in 2016 marked anew phase in global development thinking, one which is focused on ecologically andfiscally sustainable human settlements.
Few countries offer a better testingground for their attainment than post-apartheid South Africa.
Since the comingto power of the African National Congress, the country has undergone a policymaking revolution, driven by an urgent need to improve access to services forthe country's black majority. A quarter century on from the fall of apartheid, Building aCapable State asks what lessons can be learned from the South Africanexperience.
The book assesses whether the South African government hassucceeded in improving service delivery, focusing on the vital sectors of waterand sanitation, energy, roads, public transport and housing.
Emphasizing the often-overlookedrole of local government institutions and finance, the book demonstrates thateffective service delivery can have a profound impact on the social structureof emerging economies, and must form an integral part of any future developmentstrategy. A comprehensive examination of urban service delivery in the global South, Building a Capable State is essential reading for students and practitioners across the social sciences, public finance and engineering sectors.