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The Training for Township Renewal Initiative (TTRI) was conceived in 2007 and aims to promote, encourage and support township development and renewal by developing the capabilities of township practitioners. In 2009, the TTRI produced its first Township Renewal Sourcebook, as well as a set of case studies seeking to share stories and lessons from practice.
The positive response to these case studies led TTRI partners to further invest in developing more case studies on themes relevant for township development practitioners, determined through a combination of TTRI community feedback received through course evaluations and opportunities presented through complementary initiatives. A set of seven case studies, looking at creative ways to unlock both public and private sector investment for township economic development and renewal, which in turn contribute to South Africa's macro-economic performance and improve quality of life among the citizens of its neglected neighbourhoods, were produced in 2010/2011.
The TTRI is a joint venture between the Neighbourhood Development Programme of the National Treasury, the Urban Renewal Programme of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the Knowledge Unit of the South African Cities Network, and the Sustainable Communities Initiative of the Development Bank of Southern Africa.