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CMRA signs MoU with Planact

CMRA and Planact (a non-governmental development organisation) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their partnership in the field of local government.

Capacity Building through the Learning Benchmark Model and Training Workshop

On the 26 and 27 of June 2017, CMRA together with Department of Cooperative Governance hosted the first of the three ‘Capacity Building through the Learning Benchmark Model and Training Workshops’ which are part of the ‘Revitalisation of distressed mining towns (and labour-sending areas) through capacity building of frontline municipal officials’ project.

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:

Baseline Study Executive Summary - Revitalisation of Distressed Mining Towns and Labour Sending Areas through Capacity Building of Frontline Municipal Officials

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 Distressed Mining Towns and Labour Sending Areas through Capacity Building of Frontline Municipal 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! 

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