Productive Cities

Productive Cities aim to boost their economic competitiveness by focusing on economic growth, job creation and infrastructure investment.


The benefits to having skilled labour, capital and institutions in one locality in South African cities enables productivity and competitiveness in reaping the urban dividend.  This programme addresses the challenges that cities face in making the local economy accessible and socially inclusive – creating pathways out of poverty.

Focus Areas

The Productive Cities Programme of the South African Cities Network (SACN) focuses on:

This focus area examines how cities stimulate economic growth and increase their competitiveness to succeed in local, national and international markets.


This area focuses on practical implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) through research and interventions in township economies, intermediary cities and informal economies.

This area examines how urbanisation offers opportunities for economic growth, through public employment programmes which contribute to job creation and poverty reduction.