Participants in WoSA commit to adhering to the following principles:
- The importance of leadership from the top and distributed leadership. This refers to the specific WoSA leadership roles of the HODs of Western Cape Government Departments and Municipal Managers, as well as of the mandating and enabling officials in the respective organisations that are required to drive WoSA.
- The importance of sharing mandates. There is a clear need for the inter-dependence and shared ownership of mandates, a joint problem-solving approach across mandated responsibilities, and sound implementation protocols.
- The importance of action learning, reflection and knowledge sharing. This involves the need to institutionalise reflection and learning across the learning sites, across WCG Departments, between HODs, and within PTM, being mindful of power dynamics in relationships.
- The importance of dedicated technical expertise. This refers to the value added by the specific technical capability that is required (e.g. social facilitation, systems thinking, relationship building, etc.), especially in support of the local area teams and the designated HODs and Municipal Managers.
- The importance of a culture shift towards co-creation and collaborative ownership. This entails the need for high levels of buy-in, as well as for the positivity created through a culture of mutual respect, trust, co-creation and collaborative ownership.
- The importance of evidence-based decision-making. This reflects the importance of appropriate data for informed decision-making, and the importance of selecting the appropriate indicators to measure progress and impact.
- The importance of scalability and sustainability, which addresses the importance of being able to replicate the capability to introduce and sustain the WoSA across all municipal areas in the Western Cape, and of leveraging existing networks and mechanisms.
- The importance of context-specific community entry. This entails the importance of choosing the appropriate context-specific community entry strategies, informed by accurate stake-holder network analyses and the choice of appropriate engagement methodologies.
- Principles of human rights, fairness, social inclusion and citizen-centredness, which include the foundational principles and values enshrined in the Constitution and adopted by the Western Cape Government, and which should guide collective action.
- The importance of the alignment of planning and resource utilisation informed by an outcomes-based approach. This would entail joint planning and aligned resource utilisation in decision-making across all spheres of government and across all sectors within each geographic area.