Partnership on transparency between local governments and their communities

25 municipalities in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana engaged in P3 – a joint initiative specialized in issues such as local economic development, service delivery and transparency.

P3 (Partnership, Participation and Progress) is a partnership between the national associations of local governments in Sweden, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Assisted by funding from the European Union and the Swedish International Development Agency, P3 is testing a number of approaches related to local economic development, service delivery and transparency in 25 municipalities in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

The goal is to make the lessons learned, material produced and progress made available to a wider audience through the partner associations. One of the challenges of the region is the up feed of infrastructure, as there tends to be a gap between the existing tariffs and the cost for maintenance and necessary investments. This is one example of a tool developed by P3 to facilitate the dialogue between users and local leaders, building on a model which shows the real costs for local governments to deliver certain services.

P3 is assisted by funding from the European Union (EU) and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

The tools developed by the project have been collected in a comprehensive publication, the Local Gazette. The Gazette also includes instructions for implementation of the tools and stories from the local level in the three partner countries.

Read the Local Gazette

For more information about the project, copies of newsletters and the P3 activities of the three countries please visit the homepage.

http://www.projectp3.org/