This was a joint conference held under the auspices of the Development Bank
of South Africa, the Human Sciences Research Council, the South African Cities Network, the University of the Witwatersrand, the City of Johannesburg and Urban Landmark. The conference aimed to explore inclusion and exclusion through three broad themes: access to urban resources and infrastructure - material inclusion and exclusion; constructing urban citizenship(s) in everyday lives; emerging experiences of inclusion in African cities and what they teach us about cities.
The first edition of the SACN's Inclusive Cities Annual brings together reports on knowledge-sharing initiatives undertaken during 2007/08 and opinion pieces by leading inclusive cities thinkers. This collection of articles highlights inclusion and exclusion issues within cities, with a view to answering the question of how economic growth can be effectively harnessed towards a better life for all who live and work in South Africa's cities.