A well-governed city implements policies that reflect the interests of its local citizens in an accountable, transparent and inclusive way.
The South African Cities Network’s Well-Governed Cities programme considers how South African cities are governed, and whether the political and institutional context is stable, open and dynamic enough to accommodate varied societal objectives and interests.
Government is the vehicle through which these interests are pursued, while governance refers more broadly to the multiplicity of arrangements among elected leaders, societal actors and service providers that make up the system.
These studies examine how local governments develop people, systems and networks to cope with their ever-increasing responsibilities
These studies examine how local governments develop people, systems and networks to cope with their ever-increasing responsibilities.
This Focus area explores different issues that affect the ability of cities to deliver on their mandate, ranging from institutional strength and capacity, to financial management and administrative efficiency, and people, power and politics.