Key Partners
The scale of the intervention and the level of support which has taken place in Cato Manor, both in capacity and financial terms, has been made possible by a total public sector commitment of R514 million. Key funders of the CMDP are the South African Government, the European Union (EU), the Provincial Housing Department and the eThekwini Municipality. Earlier phases of the project were supported by USAID and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the Independent Development Trust (IDT) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

Since its inception, the CMDA has placed a strong emphasis on building effective partnerships with players in the public sector, the community and the international arena.

Relationships with funders have grown beyond conventional funder-recipient associations to become robust partnerships. Strong ties have been established with a range of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Development Committees (DEVCO’s) as well as with universities and technikons. The delivery of essential services in Cato Manor has been streamlined through joint partnerships with the police, welfare, housing, education and health departments. In particular, public sector and community partnerships have seen community safety and health care significantly boosted in the area.
The combined co-operation of these stakeholders has enabled the momentum of the CMDP to continue, sometimes in the face of difficult circumstances on the ground. Having stood the test of time, these partnerships represent important foundations for the development process in Cato Manor to be taken into the future.

Special Presidential Lead Project
In 1995, under the presidency of Nelson Mandela, the CMDP was accorded the status of a Special Presidential Lead Project of the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). This designation and the associated injection of funding marked a significant milestone in the course of the project.

European Union
In 1997 the CMDP received substantial funding from the EU as part of the EU’s Programme for Reconstruction and Development in South Africa. Sustainability and replicability are the main guiding principles behind the EU’s investment in the CMDP, which covers direct financial participation as well as the provision of a technical assistance team seconded to the CMDA.

Community Partnership
The community is a crucial development partner and community participation in governance has been crucial to success and sustainability. The Cato Manor Community Organisation (CMCO) was established in 1999 as an umbrella body to represent the interests of Cato Manor residents, to assist in skills development and to work closely with the CMDA. The CMCO’s main objectives are to systematise communications around development policy and programmes; to identify potential problems and explore routes for resolution; to develop local understanding of development issues; and to strengthen inter-community communication and working relationships. The CMCO consists of two representatives from each Cato Manor precinct and elects six community members to the CMDA board. The particular interests of the CMCO are reflected in six sub-committees: economic development and education; health and welfare; safety and security; sport and culture; and infrastructure (transport, electricity, water, housing, environment and waste management).

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