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 firstname.lastname@example.org