Well Governed Cities

Well-governed cities are efficient, manage their finances prudently and are accountable to their citizens. City management frameworks guide the city in tackling the developmental challenges. Strong leadership and institutions enable well-governed cities to outperform other cities.

As a result, citizens in well-governed cities enjoy safe and high quality living. They actively participate in democratic local government electoral process and decisions about local development.

SACN's Well-Governed Cities programme monitors how South African cities are governed and whether the political and institutional context is stable, open and dynamic enough to accommodate varied objectives and interests. It focuses on institutional strength and capacity, financial management and administrative efficiency, and socio-political issues.

latest publications

  • State of City Finances. Under the theme of Basics + Innovation, the report calls upon cities to address gaps and inefficiencies in the current system, while keeping a close eye on the complexity of their future role. It considers the need to rethink how cities are financed and funded, so that they are able to drive important agendas, such as green growth, the provision of sustainable human settlements and improved mobility through affordable and integrated public transport.
  • Migration, Mobility and Urban Vulnerabilities – Implications for Urban Governance in South Africa 2014. This research report explores the challenges and opportunities associated with migration and mobility into and within South African cities, and the implications for urban governance. It identifies and analyses the links between these challenges/vulnerabilities and the current forms of urban instability.
  • Youth Policy Field and Institutional Analyses at Municipal Level in South Africa. This report analyses the existing structures (institutions, actors and networks) pertaining to youth development at municipal level in South Africa, examines the political and legal framework conditions and relevant ongoing processes in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality and Buffalo City, and puts forward a number of recommendations based on the analysis.
  • Well Governed Cities Report for 2009. This is the first edition of the Well-governed Cities Annual Report. It is a collection of articles and analysis on issues of governance in South African cities, designed to provoke dialogue and discussion, and inspire cities towards good governance.