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GGLN Launches 2013 edition of State of Local Governance Publication

GGLN Launches 2013 edition of State of Local Governance Publication

On 14 March 2013 the GGLN launched the fifth edition of its annual publication, the State of Local Governance i.e. Active Citizenship Matters. The 2013 publication is a compilation of research studies which highlight critical examples of active citizenship at grassroots level. The aim of the publication is to explore the notion of active citizenship in South Africa's current political and socio-economic context. The theme also acknowledges the critical role of an active citizenry to realize the goals as outlined in the National Development Plan commissioned in 2012. The launch, which took place at the Winchester Mansions in Sea Point, Cape Town, was attended by Dr. Bridgete Gasa from the National Planning Commission who addressed the audience as keynote speaker of the day. Dr. Gasa officially accepted the publication as perspectives from civil society in local governance about a subject that is critical for SA and the global community. She acknowledged the critical role of civil society as thinktanks and challenged the network to continue its work in order to unpack the relevant challenges which touch on healthy governance. The launch was attended by representatives from critical sectors i.e. local government officials, SALGA, AGSA and the donor community. The authors of the nine papers which make up the publication presented their theories which was followed by a lively debate & discussion on the various topics of the day. Please see the Home page for a link to an electronic copy of the publication. GGLN Secretariat - April 2013

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Launching 2012 State of Local Governance publication

Launching 2012 State of Local Governance publication

On 18 April 2012, the Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN) will launch its 2012 State of Local Governance publication. The aim of this publication is to explore alternative conceptions, approaches and methods for shaping a vibrant, pro-poor system of local governance and democracy in South Africa. It consciously seeks to depart from what has been a preoccupation, both in government and in the local governance civil society sector, with current legislation, policies and practice, and with how these can be better implemented or modified in minor ways. Anyone reading this publication in the hope of finding solutions on how to ‘fix’ the structures and mechanisms already in place will be disappointed unless they are open to exploring innovative approaches and models that aim to enhance participatory local governance. Ultimately, participatory governance needs to be substantive, both in terms of process and with respect to outcomes, hence the call underlying this publication: ‘putting participation at the heart of development // putting development at the heart of participation’. For more details about the launch and any other enquiries please contact the Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN) Coordinator – Ronald Mukanya or the GGLN secretariat on 021 683 7903 or email ggln@isandla.org.za

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Putting participation at the heart of development OR putting development at the heart of participation

Putting participation at the heart of development OR putting development at the heart of participation

A Civil Society Perspective on Local Governance in South Africa. A 2012 publication.

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Recognising Community Voice and Dissatisfaction

A Civil Society Perspective on Local Governance in South Africa. A 2011 report.

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Ethical Leadership and Political Culture in Local Government

A Civil Society Perspective on Local Government. A 2010 report.

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