State of Local Governance

Since 2008, the Good Governance Learning Network has produced regular commentaries on the state of local governance in South Africa in the form of its annual State of Local Governance Publication. 

Acting as the flagship research project of the network, the publication comprises of contributions from member organisations including peer reviewed papers and short project profiles / perspectives related to an annually identified theme.

The publication’s main purpose is to present a civil society based assessment of the key challenges, debates and areas of progress with regards to governance and development at the local level in South Africa. It also strives to provide local government policy-makers and practitioners with practical recommendations to improve policy, guidelines, systems and interventions where necessary, based on a sound analysis of the context and an assessment of the challenges and opportunities for improvements.

Additionally, the publication has also been utilised to build awareness of, and mobilize support within civil society and appropriate government institutions for, the key advocacy positions of the network


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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.