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Community Engagement with Local Government

Trust for Community Outreach and Education

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Increasing Access to Justice
  • Grant Amount $150,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2003–December 31, 2005
  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

The main work of the Trust for Community Outreach and Education has been to facilitate the building of local leadership within communities to enable them to better understand and respond to the challenges they face. This involves assisting communities in building their own community development committees/forums to engage with local government regarding access to basic services such as water, sanitation and electricity.Multiyear funding will support activities that include providing ongoing support and capacity building to committees and forums; facilitating increasing community input and involvement in the Integrated Development Plan process; ensuring that local government is held accountable in terms of delivery of basic services and that the issue of access to land is dealt with in a responsible and effective way; promoting networks and links among rural communities; assisting communities to develop their own forms of community media, particularly community radio; and building the leadership and capacity of women.Recent achievements included organizing a capacity-building program for field staff to better serve participating communities; conducting community workshops on leadership and building of organizations; providing accessible training materials for communities on democracy and the role and importance of local government; publishing regular community newspapers in local languages; and organizing awareness and education programs for rural communities.