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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Active citizenship matters

Type :
Research reports & papers
Author :
Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN)
Published :
2013
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The fifth edition of the State of Local Governance from the Good Governance Learning Network which argues that people can and should be in control of their own development, not in isolation from the state or other civic actors, but in direct conversation or, at times, in contestation with these other actors. This requires the design of well-constructed, yet organic, processes that are able to mediate power, difference and diversity in a manner that brings forth transformative outcomes. This publication aims to demonstrate such processes at grassroots level. This edition is dedicated to a subject considered a building block in the national government’s vision for the country and explores how the notion of active citizenship can serve as an analytical concept to review the nature and quality of participatory local democracy in South Africa.