CSOs Central to Service Delivery

Government is increasingly appreciative of the role that civil society organisations (CSOs) play in South Africa, says Nel

The Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) says that government is increasingly appreciative of the role that civil society organisations (CSOs) play in South Africa.
 
COGTA deputy minister, Andries Nel, argues that by virtue of their roots within communities and the work they do with those most in need, CSOs are seen as partners through which service delivery can occur.
 
Nel is of the view that CSOs present an opportunity for government to develop effective and efficient partnerships, adding that these organisations are often able to identify the needs of communities more readily and they have further reach than state organs.
 
However, he further explains that: “Many CSOs happen to have a poor understanding of how the state actually works and are therefore not effective in holding state bodies to account, influencing priorities or working with the state to achieve development objectives.” 
 
To read the full speech, refer to www.ngopulse.org/blogs/npo-sector-urged-play-active-role-advancement-service-provision-and-local-governance.

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