© AFD 2009 Integrating Poor Populations in South African Cities
Fanny Hervé, an engineering student at the Corps des Ponts et Chaussées,conducted a research internship at AFD on urban development in South Africawhich led to the present book. After a six-month internship in Cambodia in theframework of cooperation between Paris and Phnom Penh, she will finish herstudies with the specialized master’s degree in development and urban contractingauthority delivered by the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.
I would first like to thank Louis-Jacques Vaillant and Thierry Gonzalez forgiving me the opportunity to work on this fascinating subject and discover SouthAfrica. I am especially grateful to Thierry Gonzalez for our talks and discussionsand for having shared his interest in urban development with me. I would also liketo thank the entire Local Authorities and Urban Development team (LAUD) for itswelcome and assistance throughout my internship with AFD. I also extend mythanks to the agencies in Reunion Island and Johannesburg that organized myvisits and allowed me to conduct all of the interviews in excellent conditions.I also extend special thanks to Sylvy Jaglin, for her wise recommendations, andthe researchers she enabled me to meet. I would like to thank all the people I met,in France, Reunion Island and South Africa, for their time and patience in answeringmy questions. Finally, I am especially grateful to Claire Bénit-Gbaffou, MargotRubin and Michel Watin for their availability, advice and in-depth knowledge of thesubject.