Inward industrialization and orderly urbanization in South Africa: Lessons from Colombia

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In the context of South African debates concerning inward industrialization and orderly urbanization planning, Colombia provides a highly relevant case study for policy analysts. During the 1970s Colombia implemented a bold strategy of “development through urbanization” using urban construction as a leading sector for national economic expansion and linked to innovative urban design proposals for compact “cities within cities”. In addition, Bogota is viewed as one of the “success stories” in the developing world as regards the orderly management of a phase of rapid urban growth. Of particular interest for South African analysts is the functioning of ‘pirate urbanization’ and the widespread provision of services for the poor in Bogota. Current debates on urbanization and urban policy in South Africa can be informed fruitfully by aspects of the Colombian record.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-165
Number of pages9
JournalSouthern African Geographical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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