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Project: Formative Evaluation of the Municipal Capacity Development Programme (MCDP)

Client: Infrastructure Delivery Division of the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA), Anglo American (AA) and Investment Climate Facility (ICF)
Duration: November 2015 — April 2016

Creative Consulting & Development Works (CC&DW) was contracted to conduct a Formative Evaluation of the DBSA MCDP at Programme and Project level. The programme aimed to implement necessary capacity building initiatives in Anglo American’s mining operations and labour sending areas with a purpose of building the requisite capabilities and enhancing the ability of municipalities to provide basic services.

The evaluation consisted of the reconstruction of the programme Logframe; providing an analytical account of the MCDP, and development of two Case Studies. Specific aspects covered in the evaluation are: programme design; effectiveness of the programme delivery mechanism and deliverables against objectives; case studies of two municipalities; lessons learnt; and opportunities and gaps related to sustainability.

The MCDP was implemented from April 2011 to early 2016 in 11 local municipalities in five (5) provinces – 10 in mining areas (Northern Cape – 4; Limpopo – 3; North-West – 2; Mpumalanga – 1; and one (1) in a mining labour sending area (Eastern Cape).

The programme consisted on a selection of interventions, depending on the needs of the respective municipalities, in the following areas: Revenue enhancement; Municipal information systems; Stakeholder communication and behavior change; Development of comprehensive infrastructure plans; operations and management; and Replacement of water and electricity meters.

The evaluation considered aspects related to: programme concept and design; implementation; governance; and sustainability. A mixed methods design was implemented, which consisted of qualitative face-to-face and telephone interviews; focus group discussions and analysis of programme documentation and monitoring data. Case studies were written up for Moses Kotane Municipality (North West) and Mogalakwena (Limpopo).

The MCDP model rests on three key principles for systemic change: partnership with local government; local ownership; and a programmatic approach towards making municipalities self-reliant.

This approach involves complex, multi-level negotiations and extensive preparations, which unfolded in the following overlapping and interrelated phases: Feasibility studies and needs assessments (March 2010 – March 2012); High-level agreements between DBSA and funders (March 2011 – February 2014); Contracting between AASA and participating AA business unite ((September to end 2013); Contracting between DBSA and participating municipalities (December 2013 and November 2014); and Implementation (April 2014 – March 2016).

The merit of the MCDP lies in that it provides an innovative and relevant model of public private partnership in municipalities. Although the actual implementation period was relatively short, and objectives were highly ambitious, the MCDP has contributed to renewal of critical infrastructure, training of officials, and key strategic plans being put in place. Significant learnings took place that could strengthen the continuance of this and similar programmes.