Multi-level government initiative (MLGI)
The MLGI is a multi-disciplinary project offering high quality applied research and policy development, advocacy and consulting services. The primary goal of MLGI is to support governments, donors, scholars and CSO’s to design and implement local governments and other state institutions that promote peace, development and human security in South Africa and the African region.
The Local Democracy, Peace and Human Security Programme is a unit of the Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape. It was founded as the ‘Local Government Project’ in 1997 by Professor Nico Steytler in the belief that local government was to play a key role in realising the promises of the South African Bill of Rights and ensuring stability in the country’s nascent democracy. The Project played a key role in the transformation of local government and the realisation of the first democratic local government elections of 5 December 2000. Ever since 2000, it has played an active part in the development of the decentralised system of government in South Africa by conducting applied research, engaging in advocacy and by building capacity in the local government sector.
The MLGI Programme has expanded its work across the continent and focuses on South Africa, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The MLGI Programme works to support local democracy and to promote the role of local government and decentralisation in building and sustaining peace and enhancing human security.