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Capacity building training on how local government works PDF 
local_governance_04Planact places a strong emphasis on capacity building to contribute to processes that will develop the capacity of organizations of civil society in poor, marginalized communities to have a strong presence in local government planning and development processes; and to develop the capacity of local government to engage with communities in a participatory way. Planact has developed a comprehensive training programme and related manual – Communities Count: Empowering ward committees and local leaders in democratic governance - aimed at developing the capacity of members of community organizations, ward councillors and ward committee members and local government officials. The following broad topics are covered in the manual:
  • An Introduction to Local Government in South Africa
  • Planning for Development (Integrated Development Planning – IDP and Local Economic Development - LED)
  • Local Government and Financial Management
  • Skills for Engaging at Community Level
This programme, for which Planact is also seeking accreditation, builds on Planact’s considerable experience with training and capacity-building programmes for a range of local government practitioners and community stakeholders, a track record involving training for over 2000 councillors, ward committee members and officials within the last 5 years.  Planact was also the first organisation in 1997 to develop a training manual on IDPs, and engaged extensively in training the first local government councillors in South Africa’s democracy.  This experience has created a strong understanding of the practical challenges facing local government, especially in the area of public participation through the ward committee system, and integrated development planning.