n IMFO : Official Journal of the Institute of Municipal Finance Officers - IDP as a strategic foresight & action learning in action in Hessequa Municipality




The Municipal Systems Act (MSA), Act 2 of 2000, defines both the status of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and some elements of the process to compile an IDP. The IDP is the principal strategic planning instrument which guides and informs all planning, management and development in the municipality. However, neither the MSA nor any other piece of legislation provides methodologies required to develop and to improve a strategic plan in the form of an IDP. Fortunately the strategic foresight process from the domains of Futures Studies and strategic planning provides a very effective process and framework that should guide planners tasked with the compilation of an IDP (or any other strategic plan). The action learning process is an additional methodology that can be employed during the annual review of the IDP or during the process to adopt a new generation IDP in order to improve the plan. Strategic planners from a municipality can indeed transform the quality and impact of the IDP through the combined use of strategic foresight and action learning.


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