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- An Activist's Guide
- Legal Framework
- Key Processes
- Mobilise communities
Organising and mobilising your community is the best way to protect your rights, challenge unfair, corrupt or discriminatory practices, improve access to water, electricity and other services, or remove other barriers to community involvement. Here are some ideas to help you organise in order to reach your goal:
- Organise by calling a meeting to talk about local problems and find out what others are doing, collect the facts, and discuss how you will make decisions as a group so that you can act together to solve problems.
- Develop ties with other community based groups, movements or coalitions to add strength and apply more pressure.
- Build effective ward committees to gather information and put your issues on the municipal council agenda.
- Identify allies outside government, like human rights NGOs, who are working on the same problems.
- Monitor the quality of services in your community
The quality of services that you receive is an important community issue and you have the power to demand your rights to basic education, heath water, sanitation and electricity services! Monitor service delivery in your area by attending meetings and monitoring the budget and the IDP process. (For help on how to monitor water or electricity budgets see the reference to the Water budget monitoring education tool on page 106)
YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW
The Constitution states that you have a right to information.
GET THE FACTS
It is important to gather all the facts about a problem. You can do this by researching the problem, gathering evidence by talking to people, or by organising a meeting where everyone can explain how the problem is affecting them. Take notes and list as many details of the problem as possible so that there is a complete picture.
Find out about the relevant law or policy
Law and policy is important, so talk about it with your comrades before your start a campaign or protest.