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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 February 1, 2002–August 31, 2003
  • Location Durban, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

The government of South Africa is committed to effective, developmental local government. Those responsible for implementation face big challenges. Besides understanding complex, technical processes, local councilors and administration staff have to ensure effective community participation. However, many councilors do not understand the legislative framework of local government. As a result, many municipalities are turning to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with experience and expertise in local government to assist with education, training and capacity building.Multiyear funding will provide education and training for local government staff in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The training will focus on the legislative framework governing the functioning of the newly established municipalities; the integrated development planning process; and the role of communities and community participation in local government. The first phase of the project, carried out over six months, will involve two municipalities in two different districts to determine the best way to implement the project on a province-wide basis. The second phase, carried out over a year, will involve all 10 district councils along with four subcouncils participating in the project.The Democracy Development Program, an NGO involved in supporting multi-party democracy in South Africa, provides capacity building to local government and community-based organizations.