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Multilevel government initiative (MLGI)

The Multilevel Government Initiative is a multi-disciplinary applied research project focusing on complex problems of governance at the intersection of Law, the State and Economy. Funding for the research was provided by the Ford Foundation and The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
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It uses big data to (1) assess the impact of law and policy in society (2) measure the resilience, capability and fragility of national, provincial and local governments and (3) track key social issues. Recent research projects include:

  • Municipal Audit Consistency Barometer (MAC-B) and the Provincial Audit Consistency Barometer (PAC-B), measuring municipal and provincial compliance with audit standards
  • Civic Protest Barometer 2007-2014, measuring trends in civic protests
  • Just and Capable Cities Index, measuring inclusion and capability in cities
  • winning the bid to redesign powers and functions of local government in South Africa

MLGI’s work significantly influences government policy on local government and it has been approached by South Africa’s Auditor-General and the South African Special Risks Insurance Association to form research partnerships.

MLGI also supports constitution-building and multilevel government in Africa. Recent projects include:

  • major studies on local government and state formation after civil war, multilevel government in Uganda and Zimbabwe
  • international book chapters on civil service reform, intergovernmental relations, subnational boundaries and land use planning

Latest Publications

The Just Cities for Women Bulletin 2016
The Capable Cities Index: Performance
The Capable Cities Index: Compliance
Municipal Audit Consistency Barometer MAC-B3 (2015 update)
The Capable City Index: The Capacity of Cities
Civic Protests Barometer 2007-2014
Municipal Audit Consistency Barometer MAC-B2 (2014 update)
Municipal Audit Consistency Barometer
Operation Clean Audit 2014
Children's Rights | Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative | Multi Level government initiative
Women and Democracy Initiative | Socio Economic Rights | SA Research Chair