Engaging meaningfully with government on socio-economic rights : A focus on the right to housing
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To make sure that service delivery is effective and has a positive impact on people’s quality of life, it is important to have meaningful engagement between communities and the government. South Africa’s Constitution makes provision for individuals and communities to take part in service delivery processes and decisions. This right is important in the fight against poverty, inequality and marginalisation. Some people do not know that their right to participate is protected in the Constitution, in South African legislation and in international law. They also do not know the key principles about meaningful engagement set out by the courts, especially the Constitutional Court. This booklet focuses mainly on the right to housing when it explains the objectives, subject and process of meaningful engagement.