In 2006, as a sequel to Ringing up the changes, GL conducted a groundbreaking new study on gender and local government in Southern Africa called At the Coalface: Gender and Local Government in Southern Africa. The initial study took place in four countries (Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia and South Africa), followed in the second phase by Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Overall Summary:
Botswana summary Fact sheet
Zambia summary fact sheet

GL produced a   DVD which draws on examples and cases studies from Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland to demonstrate the impact of different electoral system and the use of quotas on increasing women’s representation in decision making positions. View the DVD.