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Since South Africa embraced democracy in 1994, public participation became a Constitutional imperative where it is stated that “people’s needs must be responded to, and the public must be encouraged to participate in policy making”. In this transitional context, takes place the experience of Ward Based Planning (WBP) in the framework of NETSAFRICA Programme, a strategic intervention implemented in Buffalo City Metro Municipality to promote community action and better engagement/participation through the promotion of ‘locally-owned’ ward plans linked to the IDP, with a methodological approach that combined different techniques: participatory Learning and Action (PLA), ward assessment surveys, prioritizing challenges and mapping resources and training of municipal officials on participatory budgeting.

The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of South Africa, of the Italian Foreign Ministry or of the Regional Government of Tuscany.

Stefania Spapperi
Ludovica Socci 
Margherita Mugnai

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