The Local Government programme seeks to contribute to the consolidation of developmental local government in South Africa. It is known for its dynamic contribution to an enhanced understanding of the successes and challenges in operationalising the notion of 'developmental local government'. The programme seeks to address this in two ways: by developing, sharing and promoting cutting edge insights and ideas on the purpose and realities of developmental local government in South Africa and, secondly, by creating spaces for reflection, consultation and learning for local government practitioners and researchers.
Isandla Institute's Local Government programme aims:
- To create spaces for reflection, consultation and learning on the purpose and realities of local government in South Africa, with specific reference to urban local governance and planning, for local government practitioners and researchers; and,
- To develop, share and promote cutting edge insights and ideas on the purpose and realities of developmental local government in South Africa, which includes seeking opportunities for direct engagement with the local government review process.
Politics of Local Governance Project
Isandla Institute's Politics of Local Governance Project will be launched in September 2011. The project goal is to deepen and enhance current perspectives and debates on local governance in South Africa by focusing on the three-way interface between state, political party and civil society. The project consists of three inter-related set of activities. These are:
- Research: to contribute new knowledge and/or insights on the state of local governance in South Africa (with particular reference to the interface between local state-political party-civil society).
- Roundtable Dialogues: facilitate robust engagement among relevant stakeholders (informed by an analysis of relevant issues as reflected in the draft discussion paper).
- Advocacy and Media: Create/enhance awareness of the project and its findings through targeted advocacy interventions and the effective use of media.