Media and Publications

The GGLN and its members are enthusiastically committed to knowledge-production and information-sharing.

Planact, with the support of the International Budget Partnership (IBP), recently successfully collaborated with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to conduct a social audit on sanitation across three informal settlements, namely, Harry Gwala, Emlotheni and Home Seekers.

Marius Pieterse, Professor of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, writes for The Conversation on the coalition metros one year on.

Wolwerivier is located near the West Coast about 25km from the Cape Town city centre. Its first residents moved there in July 2015. This is one of the places the City of Cape Town moves evictees too. With expansion plans set to be implemented in the near future, GroundUp went to Wolwerivier to see what residents think about the state of the settlement.

Written by the Development Action Group (DAG), Chapter 3 of the State of Local Governance 2017 covers DAG’s experience in facilitating community collaboration in Woodstock and Salt River. The Chapter highlights the methodological approaches for facilitating community collaboration and relationship building within and between government and civil society, and the dynamic tensions that often lie within and between these relationships.

The Democracy Development Program (DDP) recently undertook an internal research project entitled “Youth Activism as A Catalyst of Active Citizenship Among Young People in KwaZulu-Natal Province” aimed at better understanding the state of youth political participation in the area.

The Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), representing the SA SDI Alliance, provides an update on two completed initiatives, namely, the TB Community Hall and “Know Your City” South Africa.

Friday, 08 December 2017 07:55

The GGLN has a new Coordinator

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The GGLN Secretariat is pleased to announce that as of 1 November 2017, Monique Damons has been appointed as the new GGLN Coordinator.

Isandla Institute has developed a tracking system, the Planning for Informality web-tool, which enables communities and civil society organisations to monitor government commitments and delivery in informal settlement upgrading. 

From 16 to 17 August 2017, Isandla Institute hosted a national conference entitled Advancing Human Settlements: From Practice to Policy. The event created a platform for over 100 stakeholders from across the public, private and civil society sectors to engage around key human settlements development issues.

True collaboration with deep levels of trust and associated accountability between different role players is essential in ensuring that the needs of citizens are met.  However, collaborative efforts tend to have varying levels of success, and gaps often exist between the desires of citizens and the needs identified by government. Written collaboratively by Habitat for Humanity and Ubuhle Bakha Ubuhle, Chapter 2 of the SoLG 2017 explores these issues by discussing the case of Sweet Home Farm in Phillippi, Cape Town.

The 2017 State of Local Governance was recently Launched on July 26th 2017. This year's theme recognises the importance of both accountability and collaboration as key values and activities that drive the reclaiming of local democratic space within the field of local democracy.  

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:18

SoLG Publications available for download

The State of Local Governance (SoLG) forms the cornerstone publication of the Good Governance Learning Network. Since 2008, nine SoLG publications have been produced by the network and have provided regular commentaries on the state of local governance in South Africa. These are now available to the public for download!

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Sharing the common goal of promoting participatory, effective, accountable and pro-poor local governance, the network strives to provide an interface for civil society organisations to network and share information towards strengthening local democracy in South Africa.