Local Government and Intergovernmental Relations: Experiences from South Africa and Observations for the Philippines – A Policy Brief

This Policy Brief was produced with the generous financial support of Global Affairs
Canada and produced by the Forum of Federations through the Supporting Decentralized
and Inclusive Governance in the Philippines Programme. The views expressed here are
those of the author and do not reflect the views of the Canadian Government.

This Policy Brief discusses the local government system of South Africa, viewed primarily
from an intergovernmental relations point of view. It briefly discusses the historical context,
the transition to democracy and then sets out the relationship of local government with
other levels of government. It presents these relationships in two categories, namely
supervision and cooperation. Where relevant, brief comparisons are made with the
content of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).