Source: (2003) Paper originally presented at the In Search of Security Conference in Montreal hosted by the Law Commission of Canada, February 2003. Updated 2004.

One of the most profound effects of the marginalisation of poor communities is their loss of faith in their own capacity to make a constructive difference to their lives, leading to an unnecessary degree of dependency on outside agencies for the resolution of community problems. The Zwelethemba model of local governance, however, proposes and demonstrates that good governance and the building of peaceful communities requires the mobilisation of local knowledge and capacity through the medium of sustainable institutional arrangements. When these local capacity institutions have been built and are working effectively, they are in a position to establish genuine partnerships with state agencies and other professional service-providers, to the benefit of all concerned. (excerpt)