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Title: Interfering politicians : the underbelly of local community development within a South African context
Authors: Marks, Monique Michal 
Erwin, Kira 
Issue Date: 4-Jul-2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Source: Marks, M. and Erwin, K. 2016. Interfering politicians : the underbelly of local community development within a South African context. Community Development Journal. 1-17. doi:10.1093/cdj/bsw021
Journal: Community development journal 
This article examines the complexities of local community development initiatives within a particular South African context, which of Kenneth Gardens, a low-income housing estate in Durban. The interface between community development, state politics (at a local and national level) and networked arrangements are discussed through the experi-ences of working on the Kenneth Gardens Community Project. The negative impact of political interference within local community development projects such as this one can lead to apathy and paralysis. We argue that this frequent interference in South Africa narrows spaces for meaningfully practicing democracy at a grass-roots level. However, local community dynamics and networks are also important factors to consider. As in the case examined in this article, these dynam-ics and networks ensure that development partnerships outside of the state are not completely immobilised or derailed.
ISSN: 0010-3802
DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bsw021
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