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Putting participation at the heart of development: putting development at the heart of participation

This 121-page publication, published by the Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN), comprises a collection of essays intended to explore alternative conceptions, approaches, and methods for shaping a vibrant, pro-poor system of local governance and democracy in South Africa. It was published to highlight what the authors deem to be innovative approaches, and ultimately argues that participatory governance needs to be substantive, both in terms of process and with respect to outcomes, thus the key call of the publication is to ‘put participation at the heart of development/put development at the heart of participation.’