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Training of Local Government Councillors and Communities in KwaZulu-Natal

Democracy Development Programme

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2004–December 31, 2005
  • Location Durban, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus KwaZulu-Natal, Province of

About this grant

The Democracy Development Program (DDP), established in 2002, provides training to strengthen the capacity of local government in the KwaZulu-Natal province. In partnership with three other organizations — the Centre for Public Participation, the Community Law and Rural Development Centre, and the Institute for Multi-Party Democracy — DDP helps key stakeholders understand the legislative framework of local government.Multiyear funding will enable DDP to provide continued training through the use of a comprehensive guide, which covers the various types of community participation and its implications; the various roles and responsibilities; the legal framework for ward committees; how to set up and manage effective ward committees; and how to encourage community participation in ward committees.Accomplishments of the partnership during the past two years included learning to work together effectively; training trainers and developing materials; providing general training to nearly all 52 municipalities across KwaZulu-Natal; and winning the support of most traditional authorities in the province.