Rural development

Civil society reviews local government

While more South Africans than ever before have access to basic services like water and sanitation, most people perceive local government to be in crisis, with many municipalities incapable of managing finances, delivering basic services and complying with legislation.

Even so, over the last 10 years, local government legislation has become entrenched with ordinary people participating directly in their own governance. The success of two local government elections has also marked the consolidation of formal political democracy at local level.

CDE Releases Major Report on Land Issues

CDE, 6 May 2008. 

The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has released its second major report on land issues in three years.

CDE Executive Director, Ann Bernstein, notes that, “There is absolutely no prospect of meeting the 2008 deadline for completion of the restitution process. Without bold intervention significant parts of the rural economy are set for decline.”

Farm Dwellers: Access to Legal Services

Concerns around farm evictions, reports of human rights abuse on farms, and legal access for farm workers, dominated the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) workshop on 18 April 2008 in Pretoria.

Titled ‘Farm Dwellers Legal Access Crisis Workshop’, the event brought together representatives from NGOs and government to discuss the difficulties farm dwellers face when accessing legal services.

Call for Comment on WC Housing Dept Budget Allocation

Participation Junction, 8 April 2008.

The Department of Local Government and Housing in the Western Cape is requesting public comments on its budget allocation. 

Comments on the budget allocation should be submitted on or before 25 April 2008 to:

Physical address

Chamber, Western Cape Legislature Building
6th Floor, 7 Wale Street
Cape Town

Time: 14h00-20h30

Postal address
Attention: Ben Daza
Western Cape Provincial Parliament
P O Box 648
Cape Town
8000

NGO Supports Agriculture in Lebanon

The Daily Star, March 31 2008.  

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has announced that it implemented long and short term projects in areas of Lebanon that were affected by the summer war of 2006.

ILO Economic Recovery Trainer, Ahmad Mroueh, notes that the project uses a participatory value chain analysis" to allow stakeholders to determine strengths, weaknesses and potential aid areas for themselves.

Knowledge Management for Agricultural Innovation

Knowledge Management for Agricultural Innovation: Lessons from Networking Efforts in the Bolivian Agricultural Technology System is a paper that presents results based on two cases studies in Bolivia of an analysis on farmers’ behaviour. Produced by the Community of Practice, Knowledge Management for International Development, the report discusses how knowledge management modalities affect innovation behaviour among small farmers. It also examines how schemes, which involve multiple agents, can influence farmers' attitudes towards innovation.

Co-operative Housing Guidelines

Afesis-Corplan has produced Co-operative Housing Guidelines to help housing cooperative members plan their housing cooperative blocks. The guidelines can also be used by designers to help explain what housing co-operatives can look like.

The guidelines provide information on overarching design considerations to be taken into account when designing co-operative housing settlements as well as ensuring the settlement is environmentally friendly, pedestrian suitable and safe for children.

NGOs Release Study on Land Management and Democratic Governance

SANGONeT, 27 February 2008.

Planact, an urban development NGO, in conjunction with Centre for Urban and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) at Wits University, have jointly released a study titled ‘Land Management and Democratic Governance in the City of Johannesburg’ on 22 February 2008 in Johannesburg.

The two organisations noted that the study was born out of deep concern regarding current land management practices, systems and protocols in South Africa.

Financial Sustainability for Housing Cooperatives

Financial Sustainability for Housing Cooperatives is a document that provides a source of information for Housing Cooperatives in order that the complex issue of sustainability can be better understood and addressed in the organisation.

Developed by Afesis-corplan, the document can be used as an information and education source for cooperative leadership and facilitators working in the cooperative field, as a guide for planning and decision-making for cooperative leadership and as a foundation for further training and education of cooperative membership.

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