Municipal Institute Of Learning

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), in partnership with The Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) of eThekwini Municipality, as part of its International Learning Series, has organized the Intermediary Cities Learning Exchange. The Learning Event is hosted by the KwaDukuza Municipality in collaboration with the KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (KZNCOGTA) and the Newcastle Municipality.

MILE supports UCLG‘s agenda to develop, well-informed, participative and realistic policy and plans on the management of Cities through improving urban strategic planning and competitiveness in world cities. In this Learning Exchange, the focus is on the concept of Intermediary Cities, currently known as Secondary Cities in South Africa.

Supporting Secondary Cities is an important focus area for the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and SACN, hence a platform to discuss this. The South African Cities Network (SACN) has noted in recent research (March 2012) the important role Secondary (Intermediary) Cities play as alternative urban centres that are catalysts in their regions acting as markets, administrative and service centres and links to metros. Internationally, there is recognition of secondary cities role as drivers of economic growth.

Expected Outcomes of the Learning Exchange

  • Enhanced linkages amongst the various local government associations, cities networks, research communities and related programme activities
  • Improved networking among researchers and practitioners from different disciplines of urban and city planning
  • For researchers to gain ample recognition from partners and practitioners.
  • Identification of knowledge and research gaps and the suggestion of new research agendas in Intermediary Cities

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