Capacity building for local governance

  • Executing agency: UN/DESA Division for Public Economics and Public Administration
  • Senior advisor: Mr. Gherardo Casini
  • Start date: 1 May 1999
  • Total budget: USD 3,500,001

"Apartheid policies have fundamentally distorted and damaged the spatial, social and economic environments in which people live, work, raise families, and seek to fulfil their aspirations". Given this context, it has become clear that only a strong, synergetic partnership among central and local governments, civil society organisations and private institutions can rectify some of the injustices of the past.

In this context, local governments have a critical role to play in reshaping and strengthening local communities, as the basis for a democratic, integrated, prosperous and truly non-racial society. Thus, assistance diverted toward provincial and local government capacity building is one of the key foci of support for technical co-operation.

The overall objective of the Capacity Building for Local Governance Programme (CBLG Programme) is to assist the Government of South Africa in the implementation of the national Local Government Transformation Process, launched early 1999 by the Department of Constitutional Development. This programme addresses issues of capacity building in the North West and the Northern Province, supporting the transformation process through the following three components: Improvement in Service Delivery; Institutional Capacity Building; and Integrating the Rights Approach to Development. On the whole, this Programme seeks to contribute towards achieving sound developmental local governance by enhancing the capacity for financial viability and management, integrated development planning, local economic development, project management and build a culture of collective civic responsibility.

Although the programme will focus on a selected number of local governments in each of the two provinces, it also aims to share information regarding lessons learned and best practices to others, both within and outside the two provinces.