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Towards municipal transparency: advancing pro-poor information dissemination

On 15 August Afesis-corplan, in conjunction with the Project for Conflict Resolution and Development (PCRD), hosted a GGLN-sponsored learning event on the theme of improving pro-poor information dissemination by municipalities.

The event, held at the Health Resource Centre in East London, examined issues of citizen access to information in the context of local governance. Current municipal dissemination of information trends have shown that most municipalities have not put a great deal of effort into ensuring that the poor have access to vital information. In most cases, municipalities do not have information dissemination strategies that consider the disempowerment of communities by apartheid. They typically communicate above the majority of service consumers/residents who still cannot read and write. The learning event sought to find ways in which pro-poor information can be disseminated effectively to previously disadvantaged communities. Speakers were drawn from the Human Sciences REsearch Council, Wits University, the University of Cape Town and the Open Democracy Advice Centre.

A full report on the event will be available on the website soon.

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