Service delivery protests in South Africa are an indicator that our democracy is alive – but is it well? Are these public voices given the weight they deserve? In other words, do our experiences of public participation in governance decisions convince us that it is a fundamental principle that underpins our democracy? Or is governance still the only purvey of the government?
'Strengthening Dialogue' suggests a core set of principles and practices, and some specific initiatives that could be undertaken in order to enhance this engagement. It highlights some of the potential benefits of closer engagement, examines the obstacles that need to be addressed, and notes the distinct challenges of cooperation at the country level.