The Asivikelane initiative gives a voice to informal settlement residents in South Africa’s major cities who face severe basic service shortages.
By responding to three questions monthly about their access to water, clean toilets and waste removal, residents offer us a window into their daily experiences.
The detailed results are published monthly and shared with the relevant municipalities and national government departments to enable swift government response.
ABOUT IBP South Africa
IBP South Africa is a catalyst for change in South Africa. We are focused on improving service delivery to poor communities through more effective budget implementation.
In global comparisons, South Africa meets the average amount of government expenditure allocated to services like education, health, and housing by similar middle-income countries. Yet there is growing frustration with the type, quantity, and quality of services received by the country’s poor.
IBP South Africa’s goal is improved service delivery to poor communities through larger budget allocations and more effective and efficient budget implementation. We pursue this goal by supporting grassroots campaigns that strengthen and integrate the oversight and accountability system.
Our work pursues four specific objectives
1. Monitor the delivery of basic services in informal settlements.
2. Analyse and identify the budgetary reasons for poor service delivery.
3. Advocate for improved budget transparency and participation.
4. Build the ability of informal settlement residents and civil society organizations to engage government about budgets.