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
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.
BESG is a member of three national networks and one local network:
Good Governance Learning Network (www.ggln.org.za)
HIV/AIDS Local Government Learning Network (www.halogen.org.za)
Landfirst Network (www.landfirst.org.za)
Children in Distress Network (www.cindi.org.za)