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Promoting Good Governance and Deepening Democracy


This programme aims to strengthen the ability of government, particularly at local level, in addressing the challenges of service delivery and promoting public participation in decision-making. It works on two levels:
1. Capacity building to enable more effective communication between government and civil society, and;
2. Research and advocacy work to guide and refine pro-poor enabling policy and its implementation.

Some of the training we offer:

  • Introduction to housing for local and provincial government officials
  • Housing consumer education
  • Community leadership development skills programme
  • Understanding local government and development legislation for CBOs
  • Access to free basic services
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Some other governance initiatives:

  • Research and advocacy on the right to free basic services, and local government performance in service delivery.
  • Action research on, and facilitation of, public participation processes.
  • Documentation and dissemination of linkages between HIV and AIDS, housing, access to basic services, and citizen well-being.

Project Timeline

Downloads - Publications, research and presentations


 PAIA Manual


Distress Fund

BESG often receives urgent calls from citizens whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by natural disasters. We will soon be setting up a Distress Fund facility in order to finance the repair or replacement of these homes.

Should you wish to contribute to this fund please contact us and the relevant information will be sent to you.

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Do you have a car?

Get a filling station to donate 10c to BESG for every litre you fill - It costs you nothing to participate !

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