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Australia South Africa

Local Governance Partnership

“Ubudlewane”

Funded by the Australian Government


Purpose of workshop
Purpose of Workshop

To explore:

  • What aspects of the ASALGP have made a difference

  • What we can do to make sure these things continue

    And to:

  • gather inputs for the project completion process (stakeholder workshop)


Lessons from 3 rd seminar
Lessons from 3rd Seminar

  • Partnerships, partnerships, partnerships

  • Need for clarity of roles and responsibilities and acceptance of accountability

  • Community empowerment critical

  • Need to explore innovative approaches and to be flexible and adaptive


Lessons from 3 rd seminar cont
Lessons from 3rd Seminar (cont)

  • ‘Good practice’ rather than ‘best practice’

  • Aim to build knowledge and capacity through a range of sources

  • “get stuck in and do it together”


3 rd annual seminar
3rd Annual Seminar

  • Learning (Rasigan Maharajh)

  • Healthy Municipalities (Yusuf Patel)

  • Reconciliation and Participation (Jackie Huggins)

  • Cooperative Government

  • IGR

  • Community Participation

  • Partnerships/Disaster Management

  • Linking Budgets and IDPs

  • Partnerships/LED


Project achievements making a difference
Project Achievements – Making a Difference

  • Capacity built at both the individual and organisational level through action oriented technical assistance, study tours, exchanges and partnerships

  • The creation of knowledge, both technical and management, on matters of concern to local govt in South Africa

  • The development of a range of tangible ‘products’


Project Processes

  • An evolving project design process based on the needs of the partners in KZN and FS (identified via consultation and the PCCs)

  • A series of technical inputs from both Australian and South African advisers

  • A series of study tours and exchanges

  • The nurturing of formal and informal partnerships between Australia and South Africa through the Partnership Program


Impact assessment has asalgp made a difference
Impact Assessment – Has ASALGP Made a Difference?

  • Most activities have had some level of organisational impact

  • Most activities have built both individual and organisational capacity (70-80%)

  • Service delivery has improved to varying degrees

  • A range of partnerships have been developed

  • Most (90%) supported the use of practitioners to provide technical advice


Impact assessment issues
Impact Assessment (Issues)

  • Creation of the right environment for activities to succeed/ensuring ‘readiness’/timing/managing the politics

  • Role/involvement of DPLG

  • Differences between Australia and South Africa

  • Value of the ‘partnership’ approach

  • Concerns re sustainability

  • Validity of IA process


Sustainability making it last
Sustainability- Making It Last

  • Ongoing support needed to build on the work conducted in the provinces and municipalities

  • Need to ensure continuity of the process of creating new knowledge about what works and what doesn’t

  • Need to ensure continuity of communication of what has been learnt through the ASALGP

  • Support needed to maintain partnerships and build new ones


Other issues
Other Issues

  • Need to better articulate the benefits for the Australian partners of the project ie. local government in WA, SA and Qld

  • Need to link into South African strategies such as Project Consolidate


Topics for discussion
Topics for Discussion

  • Continuation of knowledge sharing (1)

  • Maintaining partnerships (5)

  • Sustaining the gains made in IGR (6)

  • Impact Assessment (7)

    Others?

  • Continuation of assistance/Project Consolidate

  • Assessing the Australian impacts


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