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District Development Model / One Plan (DDM)

District Development Model / One Plan (DDM)

The DDM is an all-of-government approach to improve integrated planning and delivery across the three spheres of government with district and metropolitan spaces as focal points of government and private sector investment. The DDM is aimed at facilitating integrated planning, delivery and monitoring of Government’s development programs through the concept of a joint “One Plan” in relation to 52 development spaces / impact zones through the establishment of national technical capacity as well as district hubs that will drive implementation of the programs. This approach will not only accelerate local economic development, urbanization, economic activities but also the provision of basic services.

The DDM embodies an approach by which the three spheres of government and state entities work in unison with other development partners in an impact-oriented way and where there is higher performance and accountability for coherent service delivery and development outcomes. It influences spatialisation and reprioritisation of government planning, budgeting, implementation and reporting in relation to jointly agreed outcomes and commitments in the 52 districts and metropolitan spaces. This is facilitated through and anchored around the ‘One Plan’, ‘One Budget’, ‘One District’.  Below is a summary of the specific objectives of the DDM:

  • Solve the Silos at a horizontal and vertical levels.
  • Maximise impact and align plans and resources at our disposal through the development of One District, One Plan, and One Budget;
  • Narrow the distance between people and government by strengthening the coordination role and capacities at the District and City levels;
  • Ensure inclusivity by gender budgeting based on the needs and aspirations of our people and communities at a local level;
  • Build government capacity to support to municipalities;
  • Strengthen monitoring and evaluation at district and at local levels;
  • Implement a balanced approach towards development between urban and rural areas;
  • Ensure sustainable development whilst accelerating initiatives to promote poverty eradication, employment and equality; and
  • Exercise oversight over budgets and projects in an accountable and transparent manner. These objectives are all set to accelerate service delivery challenges.

The Mangaung Metro One Plan is based on the DDM Theory of Change which postulates six transformations to move from the current problematic situation to a desired better future. Whilst existing plans across government seek to align to the NDP and to each other, there is no clear single line of sight and logical rationale or relations in terms of commonly agreed priorities and joint and coherent way of addressing them within the socio-economic and inclusive and integrated placemaking dynamics within specified spaces.