Full membership of the GGLN is open to all South African non-profit organisations, public benefit organisations and academic institutions that have at least one core programme that focuses specifically on issues of good governance at the local level.
Afesis-corplan is a non-governmental organisation that has contributed to community-driven development and good local governance in the Border-Kei (Amathole) region of the Eastern Cape since 1992.
The Black Sash
The Black Sash is an independent, non-governmental human rights organisation that has worked tirelessly for justice and equality in South Africa for nearly 55 years. Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, the Black Sash has focused on the promotion and protection of South Africa's hard-won freedoms, particularly in the areas of social and economic rights.
Built Environment Support Group (BESG)
BESG aspires to support the poor and vulnerable to access resources and increasingly gain control over their lives and destinies. It does so by promoting sustainable livelihoods and habitable environments, the attainment of basic socio-economic rights and capacitating local government. BESG has two core programmes that support its mission which promote sustainable human settlements and participatory democracy.
Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC)
CORC operates as a nucleus for professionals and grassroots activists providing support to networks of urban and rural poor communities. It does so by offering interventions designed to enable these communities to learn from one another and create solidarity and unity in order to be able to broker deals with formal institutions, especially the State.
Democracy Development Programme (DDP)
The DDP was initiated in 1993 as a partner project of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany. Since then it has operated as a non-partisan, non-profit organisation which supports capacity building on governance and civil society levels as a means to ensure that both are empowered for meaningful participation in South Africa's social transformation.
Development Action Group (DAG)
DAG is a leading non-profit organisation working throughout South Africa to fight poverty and promote integrated urban environments. DAG has an established and successful track record in land negotiation and acquisition processes, in-situ upgrading, and the implementation of community-led housing developments.
Dullah Omar Institute
Through engaged research, teaching and advocacy, the Dullah Omar Institute supports processes in South Africa and the region to build inclusive, resilient states that are accountable to citizens and responsive to human rights. It aims to be the leading think tank on multi-level governance and human rights in Africa.
Isandla Institute's mission is to act as a public interest think-tank with a primary focus on fostering just, equitable and democratic urban settlements. This is enhanced through innovative research and advocacy interventions.
Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG)
Established in 1995, PMG was formulated as a partnership between Black Sash, the Human Rights Committee and Idasa with the aim of providing an openly available public record of committee proceedings. This resource is utilised by civil society to lobby the Parliament of South Africa on legislation, democratic processes and parliamentary oversight of the executive.
People’s Environmental Planning (PEP)
PEP work towards the creation of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements through community centred, incremental housing and upgrading programmes. PEP’s vision is rooted in pragmatic, on the ground implementation and delivery.
Planact is committed to local development for the poor as implemented within an integrated framework. Working mainly in the urban areas of Gauteng, Planact aims to contribute strategic interventions in the areas of local government transformation, and community development that promotes social development. This is activated by networking with like-minded organisations, conducting training, providing technical advice and assistance, and conducting research and advocacy for policy interventions.
The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
SERI provides professional, dedicated and expert socio-economic rights assistance to individuals, communities and social movements in South Africa. SERI conducts research, engages with government, advocates for policy and legal reform, facilitates civil society coordination and mobilisation, and litigates in the public interest. Thematic areas of interest include housing and evictions, basic services and migrant rights.
Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE)
TCOE is a national organisation operating in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Limpopo Provinces. Focused on land rights, land access and land use, TCOE interventions focus on: Land and agrarian reform, local government and food sovereignty. TCOE facilitates self-organisation and builds the membership organisation of small farmers and producers. It also helps create Restitution Forums and Land Rights Committees.
Social Justice Coalition (SJC)
Founded in 2008, the SJC is a membership-based social movement made up of 17 branches across Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Crossroads, and Gugulethu in Cape Town. With over 2500 members mainly living in informal settlements, their campaigns are based on research, education, and advocacy and are divided across two programmes including the Local Government Programme and the Safety and Justice Programme. Campaigns aim to ensure all people have access to a democratic and effective police and criminal justice system.