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PARI, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and Integrity Action (IA) are jointly implementing a project titled “Supporting Public Participation and Planning in Local Government: Towards Local Government Service Delivery and Accountability”. The project is known as “COMPACT” – where “Com” refers to the Community and “Pact” to all the stakeholders involved with public participation. COMPACT is co-funded by the European Union (EU) for its duration, from February 2022 to January 2026. The project is implemented in 12 South African partner municipalities in 6 provinces:

Eastern Cape Blue Crane Route Local Municipality
Kouga Local Municipality
Free State Matjhabeng Local Municipality
Tswelopele Local Municipality
KwaZulu-Natal City of uMhlathuze
Newcastle Local Municipality
North West JB Marks Local Municipality
Moses Kotane Local Municipality
Northern Cape Emthanjeni Local Municipality
Sol Plaatje Local Municipality
Western Cape Oudtshoorn Local Municipality
Witzenberg Local Municipality

The COMPACT programme is designed to achieve a more responsive and accountable local government in South Africa by deepening democracy, enhancing the participation of local communities in the integrated development planning (IDP) processes (with particular emphasis on water and sanitation) and improving planning and oversight of service delivery in municipalities through enhanced community participation.

In 2022 and 2023, action research was undertaken in the 12 partner municipalities, including individual interviews and focus groups with Mayors, Speakers, Municipal Managers, senior managers, officials ward councillors and ward committee members. Research findings show challenges and opportunities in relation to the IDP public participation process, ward committees, communication, operational planning, performance management, and the political-administrative interface in municipalities. Citizen engagement workshops will be held in municipalities in 2023.

COMPACT will use the findings and recommendations of the action research to co-develop a ‘toolbox’ of tools and resources to be piloted by municipalities to improve participation, planning and oversight.

Girish Daya
+27 71 633 8144

Winnie Dhlamlenze
+27 82 908 2884

@Compact – My Municipality