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CMRA publishes Open Data Research

To explore these issues, the research team identified and tested ‘use stories’ and ‘use cases’. How did a range of civil society groups with an established interest in holding local government accountable use – or feel that they could use – data in their work? Ten broad types of open data use are identified, which are divided into two streams: ‘strategy and planning’ – in which CSOs used government data internally to guide their own actions; and ‘monitoring, mobilising and advocacy’ – in which CSOs undertake outward-facing activities.

Strategy and planning included:

Executive Summary: Tirelo Bosha Baseline Study

In August 2016, the National Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), in collaboration with the Centre for Municipal Research and Advice (CMRA) began working on a project: The Revitalisation of Mining Towns and Labour Sending Areas through Capacity Building of Frontline Officials. The project is funded by the Department of Public Service Administration’s (DPSA) Tirelo Bosha Public Service Improvement Facility- a grant which stems from the partnership programme of the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) and the DPSA.

The Mayor of Oudtshoorn Municipality pays CMRA a visit!!!

On the 24th of April 2017 CMRA had the pleasure of hosting the Mayor of Oudtshoorn Municipality, Mr. Colan Slyvester and the Chief of Staff, Mr Elrico Van Rooyen. Innovative ideas were shared between CMRA and the Municipality on ways to continue and strengthen their collaborative partnership. The visit has solidified CMRA’s commitment to continuously work with municipalities to assist them in realising and living their vision! 

Business Trade Fair

“On the 30th of March 2017, CMRA staff attended the Business Trade Fair, a close out meeting for the Business Climate Benchmark project implemented by the Centre for Local Capacity Building (CLCB). CLCB is a local Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), to which CMRA staff are occasionally seconded for project related work; the Business Climate Benchmark project is a case in point. CMRA staff were seconded to the CLCB for the implementation of this project”. 

LGCP Close Out Conference

On the 1st and 2nd of December 2016,  VNG International in collaboration with CMRA held the Local Government Capacity Programme (LGCP) Close out conference in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. The conference was attended by the 12 LGCP participating municipalities,  some of their twinnnig partners of the Netherlands (i.e. Alphen aan den Rijn, Breda, Rheden and Winterswijk) and We Love the City, a Rotterdam-based urban planning agency. The conference marked the end of LGCP which started in 2012.