Updated : March 10, 2018

The Integrated Urban Development Framework

The Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) is a policy initiative of the Government of South Africa, coordinated by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA).  The IUDF seeks to foster a shared understanding across government and society about how best to manage urbanisation and achieve the goals of economic development, job creation and improved living conditions for our people.

COGTA’s vision is to build a functional and developmental local government system that delivers on its Constitutional and legislative mandates within a system of cooperative governance.


  • Establish institutional structures
  • Develop discussion document (conceptual framework – Oct 2013)
  • Commission 11 research papers


  • Actual drafting of the IUDF
  • Approval of the draft by cabinet
  • Intense stakeholder consultation


  • Review of draft IUDF
  • Submission of revised draft to Cabinet
  • Implementation and monitoring


  • IUDF and IUDF implementation plan approved by Cabinet in 2016


  • CSP: Supports the eight metros with work across all nine levers of the IUDF
  • ICMP: Funds mobilised for 37 intermediate cities - methodology is being tested through two pilot projects in uMhlathuze and Polokwane
  • SALGA: Small town regeneration programme with an initial focus on the Karoo as an economic development region
  • Partnerships with research institutes, universities, donor agencies and other stakeholders to foster an ‘urban think-tank’ and enhanced advocacy for urban development
  • Work taking place across the nine levers with participation from a number of departments and agencies

Liveable, safe,
resource-efficient cities and towns that are socially integrated, economically inclusive and globally competitive, where residents actively participate in urban life.

The IUDF vision

Importantly, this vision for South Africa’s urban areas recognises that the country has different types of cities and towns, which have different roles and requirements. As such, the vision has to be interpreted and pursued in differentiated and locally relevant ways.

The IUDF strategic goals

To achieve the IUDF’s transformative vision, four overall strategic goals are introduced.


To ensure people have access to social and economic services, opportunities and choices.


To harness urban dynamism for inclusive, sustainable economic growth and development.


To enhance the capacity of the state and its citizens to work together to achieve social integration.

Spatial Transformation

To forge new spatial forms in settlement, transport, social and economic areas.

These goals inform the priority objectives of the nine levers.

These partners have been supporting the IUDF: