The Department was able to keep its commitment to providing effective support to local government institutions for strengthened governance, promote sound financial management, enhance public participation and improve capacity of municipalities to accelerate service delivery. The purpose of the programme is to co-ordinate, support, promote and enhance governance, administration and public participation in local government. The programme consists of five sub-programmes which are detailed below, namely Municipal Administration, Municipal Finance, Public Participation, Capacity Building and Municipal Performance Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation.