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South Africa

In South Africa, we fostered a powerful coalition of a dozen organizations that are part of the Asivikelane initiative, which has participants from over 500 informal settlements across 10 municipalities. Informal settlement residents respond to surveys about their access to water, clean toilets and waste removal, which are shared with municipal and national officials monthly. Together we have improved access to water and sanitation services for these residents.

Open Budget Survey Results

Public Participation

19

Budget Oversight

81

Transparency

86
Initiatives in South Africa

3.2m+

residents experienced improved access to water, sanitation and refuse removal

5,700

informal settlement residents collaborate on Asivikelane across the country

The entrance of an informal settlment in South Africa, across the country 5 million South Africans call a settlement like this home.
SPARK initiative

South Africa’s informal settlement residents

Summary

The International Budget Partnership forged a powerful coalition of allies to support informal settlement residents in demanding more accountable delivery of water and sanitation services. The coalition found that while metropolitan governments often have enough money in their budgets to improve water and sanitation services, they do not allocate enough of it to informal settlement residents, or adequately monitor gaps in service delivery that informal settlement residents regularly face. Asivikelane has recently expanded to monitor the delivery of basic health services.
Impacts to date:
  • Grew the number of partners in the coalition from three to 12, the number of municipalities monitored from five to 10, and the number of informal settlements participating from 65 to over 500.
  • Expanded the number of the informal settlement residents participating in Asivikelane’s monthly survey to 5,717 (of whom 65% are women).
  • Experienced improvements in access to water, sanitation and refuse removal for over 3.2  million residents.
  • Secured 1,689 instances of improved services in 2022.
  • Helped residents across 300 informal settlements analyze draft metro budgets and submit proposals for what services should be prioritized, including funding to repair taps and toilets and for recovery from natural disasters.
  • Monitored through Asivikelane Health 45 health clinics  serving 562,500 people through monthly surveys completed by 450 clinic patients (of whom 86% are women)
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I learned how to stand my ground and fight for my rights. I am now able to go to the municipality and tell them the demands of this community.

Beatrice Ditshego, informal settlement resident where basic services such as reliable water, electricity, and sanitation are absent.
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of participants said Asivikelane Health had led to improvements in health clinics
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