The project aims to develop an understanding of the nature of citizenship and dynamics of local power within the township context, in order to consider the impact of these processes on the delivery of public goods and services and to examine the influence on the socio-cultural environment in which people go-about their daily lives. The research examines the politics within margainalised communities at the micro-level. The focus is on the political alignments (both formal and informal) that take place in peoples homes, on the street, within private business and public spaces and how informal organisation forms relate to citizenship. In respect to this theme, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation is undertaking a number of studies and public engagements. These include studies of:

  • Xenophobia and business violence in Delft South.
  • The nature of citizenships and micro-context politics in Imizamo Yethu.
  • Exploring Urbanism in Sweet Home Farm.