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Integrated sustainable rural development

Municipalities fit for children

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Integrated sustainable rural development

© UNICEF photo by G Pirozzi
Community members outside a dwelling.

The Integrated Sustainable Rural Development (ISRD) Strategy was designed with a vision to attain social cohesion and stable rural communities with strong institutions, sustainable economies and universal access to social amenities and services. United Nations development agencies such as UNICEF, are required by the Government of South Africa to frame programmes to build model communities within its strategies in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo, the nations poorest three provinces.

The key elements of ISRD

  • Rural development, 
  • Sustainability and effective participation of communities,
  • Integration, 
  • Rural safety nets, and
  • Basket of services

UNICEF’S Role within the ISRD strategy

  • The adoption of the ISRD vision puts children at the centre of Integrated Development Plans (IDPs).
  • Community capacity development that prioritise children’s rights.
  • Advocacy for creation of a safety net for children at local level to ensure the integration of children’s issues into the municipality's development plans.
  • Support for Integrated Development Plans and inclusion of children's issues with leadership
  • Creating a meaningful role for local communities to address children’s rights issues.

UNICEF uses a human rights based approach to programming and community capacity development as vehicles to promote support for children’s rights and to strengthen capacity of local municipalities and community partners in the realisation of children’s rights and the creation of municipalities fit for children.

The human rights approach to programming requires the UN and other stakeholders to plan and implement programmes according to the strategic principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in both process and outcome. All the development work within Human Rights Approach must contribute towards the attainment of objectives encompassed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.



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