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.
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.
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.
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.