Since the beginning of the negotiation process in South Africa, the civic movement has moved away from a culture of resistance towards one of development. This paper argues that development projects, even in coherent communities, can serve as a catalyst for a great deal of internal conflict. It also argues that the way forward is to recognise the conflictual nature of development, and to negotiate within the "community" on this basis.
Communities, Conflict and Negotiated Development
Julian Baskin is the former Project Manager at Planact, an NGO committed to holistic development for people living in vulnerable conditions, focusing on the areas of integrated human settlements and participatory governance