Meaningful Engagement in the Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights

The Socio-Economic Rights Project of the Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape, and the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) hosted a Roundtable Discussion on Meaningful Engagement in the Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights on 04 March 2010.

Meaningful engagement is an important development in the approach of South African courts to enforce socio-economic rights and promote active participation in service provision. It is capable of promoting social change on the ground by creating a voice for the marginalised and the poor.

The objectives of the roundtable discussion were:

to promote dialogue on meaningful engagement and how it can be made more effective;

to present findings of a civil society workshop on meaningful engagement;

to consider what the key questions are for decision/policy makers;

to gain insight into current attitudes and practices regarding meaningful engagement;

to discuss the need and feasibility of a housing indaba in 2010

Download the seminar report here

Download the booklet on "Engaging meaningfully with government on socio-economic rights: A focus on the right to housing", which is available in English and isiXhosa.

Download the report of a previous workshop on meaningful engagement by CALS here

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