South Africa has one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. It includes the municipal legislative framework that provides for community participation in decision-making at municipal level. However in practice citizens have had little experience of this, which is particularly relevant in contexts of severe poverty and failure by the state to provide basic services. This case study demonstrates the challenges a national NGO, the Centre for Public Participation (CPP), faced when working to influence central government policy on citizen participation. It also explores the role and influence of international donors in promoting this agenda.
Case Studies from the Champions of Participation, 4 pp.