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Associate Members

The GGLN currently has four Associate Members.


Centre for Municipal Research and Advice (CMRA)

CMRA is a research and consultancy company in the field of local government. It is set up as a bilateral initiative of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the International Cooperation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities with the aim of strengthening democratic Local governments in Southern Africa. In pursuit of building the capacity of our local authorities, CMRA provides services such as research, project management, project formulation, and evaluation, facilitation and training, and conducting of international and local study tours. CMRA also contributes through sharing its lessons learned in project implementation with other implementers. This we do through publishing of articles on the local government bulletin on the subject of decentralisation of HIV/AIDS in Municipalities.

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Justice and Peace Department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

The department functions as the official social, economic, and environmental justice advocacy and peace-building agency of the SACBC with dedicated programmes across a wide range of key thematic areas such as gender, economic justice, environmental justice, participatory democracy, race relations, land reform, social renewal, international solidarity, trade justice, peace-building, and training for organisational and skills development of the justice and peace network throughout the SACBC region.

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Mbumba Development Services

Mbumba Development Services is a private consultancy company working mainly within the Eastern Cape region. Programmatic areas of work include local development planning; ICT and local development; HIV and Aids.


Rhodes University: Convergence group in the Computer Science Department

The MobiSAM: Mobile Social Accountability Monitoring Project seeks to investigate the viability of using mobile phones as a tool for social accountability monitoring. The intended outcomes of the pilot study are: Improved service delivery and accountability in the Makana Municipality through increased citizen engagement in local government processes; and to test the effectiveness of MobiSAM as a mechanism for citizen engagement with local government.

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