Violence and sustainable development in the Durban Metropolitan Area

Violence, crime and conflict impact on the potential for sustainable development. For economic growth, which is essential for any sustainable development, will be severely stunted by continuing violence. Effective redistribution of resources, which is also essential for meeting basic needs and creating a required balance between utilization of resources and the environment, will always be problematic if violence is not contained. Stability, which is the institutional foundation of future balanced development, cannot be achieved in South Africa if violence continues to shatter the social fabric of the country. In short, skewed economic growth and imbalanced development can occur but sustainable development hangs on resolving the problem of escalating violence and crime. The case of the Durban Metropolitan Area is discussed as an illustration of these issues. Bibliogr.

Title: Violence and sustainable development in the Durban Metropolitan Area
Authors: Morris, Mike
Patel, Zarina
Byerley, Mark
Year: 1996
Periodical: Urban Forum
Volume: 7
Issue: 2
Pages: 183-202
Language: English
Geographic term: South Africa
External link: http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/BF03036761.pdf
Abstract: Violence, crime and conflict impact on the potential for sustainable development. For economic growth, which is essential for any sustainable development, will be severely stunted by continuing violence. Effective redistribution of resources, which is also essential for meeting basic needs and creating a required balance between utilization of resources and the environment, will always be problematic if violence is not contained. Stability, which is the institutional foundation of future balanced development, cannot be achieved in South Africa if violence continues to shatter the social fabric of the country. In short, skewed economic growth and imbalanced development can occur but sustainable development hangs on resolving the problem of escalating violence and crime. The case of the Durban Metropolitan Area is discussed as an illustration of these issues. Bibliogr.