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South Africa’s Economic Slowdown and Its Policy Options

The economic picture in South Africa is clear and well known: low economic growth, high unemployment rates, and constrained fiscal policy threatened by rating agencies. The causes of such situations are diverse and both internal and external. How ca…

State Capture and the Political Manipulation of Criminal Justice Agencies: A Joint Submission to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture

This joint submission from Corruption Watch and the Institute for Security Studies, two South African civil society organisations, is concerned with the manipulation of criminal justice agencies by the Executive under the administration of former pr…

South African Migration Policy: A Gendered Analysis

The 2017 White Paper on International Migration to South Africa proposes a policy framework to guide a comprehensive review of South Africa’s international migration policy, including asylum and refugee legislation. However, the white paper makes no…

Point-Level Analysis of Crime in Khayelitsha: A Critical Review

This report analyses point-level data on murders and robberies for a high-crime community in South Africa to discern spatial trends. It explores the data at a granular level to understand the nature of several hotspots. Issues with the quality of po…

Cash Transfers Conditional on Schooling Reduce IPV among Young Women in South Africa

Estimates indicate that one in three ever-partnered women aged 15 years and older has experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) in her lifetime, with regional rates ranging from 16.3 percent in East Asia to 65.6 percent in Centr…

A Gender Lens on Informal Settlement Upgrading: Strengthening Women's Participation

In the context of persisting gender inequality, women’s participation in informal settlement upgrading in South Africa needs special attention. Disparities in access to resources are coupled with gender relations that are biased towards male power…

How to Map Violence Without Police Data

Reducing violence requires knowing how it occurs and tailoring responses accordingly. Understanding where, when and how murder takes place also provides insights into other violent crime trends. This can be achieved by plotting murder on maps, but…

South Africa's Industrial Policy: Time for a Review and a Rethink

Spelt out in a series of annual Industrial Policy Action Plans (IPAP), South Africa’s industrial policy has been in place for over a decade. Instruments have been chosen to support the manufacturing sector in general and certain sectors have been p…

"Getting to Denmark" How Societies Build Capable, Democratic and Law-bound States

Professor Fukuyama has a memorable way of referring to the pursuit of a good society. “For people in developing countries”, he observed in 2011, “‘Denmark’ is a mythical place that is known to have good political and economic institutions: it is sta…

A Tale of Two Continents: Comparing Migration Experiences in South Africa and Germany

South Africa and Germany are continents apart and are also very different economically, yet they both dominate their respective regions. As a result, they are attractive destinations for all kinds of migrants, including refugees, asylum seekers and …

Running out of Road: South Africa's Public Finances and What is to be Done?

The two most important facts about the South African economy over the past decade are that growth has been exceptionally disappointing and this has been accompanied by a vast build-up of public sector debt. The two trends are linked: slow growth dro…

Running out of Road: South Africa's Public Finances and What is to be Done - Background Report

The most striking facts about the trajectory of SA’s economy since the global financial crisis are the low rate of economic growth and the vast increase in the pile of public debt. These phenomena are linked in two ways. If economic growth had bee…

Participatory Methods in Violence Prevention: Lessons from CSVR's Collaboration with the Community Work Programme in South Africa

CSVR has been conducting research on South Africa’s Community Work Programme (CWP) since 2010. In 2016, the organisation commenced with an effort to strengthen urban violence prevention interventions carried out by CWP through their work. This rep…

Modernising the Public Sector through the Cloud

Information Communication Technology (ICT) is recognised as a key enabler of economic growth and development in South Africa. Progress towards modernising ICT in the public sector has been slow and the government lags the private sector in terms o…

South Africa’s Support to Peace and Security in Burundi

South African support to Burundi’s stability has been extensive. This report gives an overview of bilateral engagements between the two countries. It outlines opportunities for South African stakeholders to take a more robust, comprehensive and coor…

The Challenge of Prioritisation and Alignment in Public Sector Planning and Implementation - Literature Review

The aim of this research is to undertake a literature review focusing on two areas: Approaches, processes and tools that could support more effective plan prioritisation and budget alignment; and The utilization of monitoring and evaluation systems…

An African Approach for Gauging the Gender Responsiveness of National Monitoring and Evaluation Systems

This article presents the findings from a diagnostic study used to determine the gender responsiveness of national monitoring and evaluation systems in Benin, South Africa and Uganda. The conclusion is that while the three countries have implemented…

Peer Learning as an Approach to Improve the Work of African Parliaments

Developing capacities in parliament for evidence use is a long-term process wherein parliaments themselves with the help of national governments and regional institutions must own and lead the process and provide long-term support in order to mainta…

Diagnostic on the Supply and Demand of Evaluators in Uganda, Benin and South Africa

The purpose of the diagnostic studies was to provide a demand and supply profile of evaluators in Uganda, Benin and South Africa. On the supply side, the main aims were to quantify the size and shape of the current country supply of evaluation con…

Final Report: Diagnostic Study on the Gender-Responsiveness of the South African National Evaluation System

Twende Mbele (TM) has commissioned Singizi to assess the extent to which the South African Government-Wide M&E System (GWM&E), National Evaluation System (NES) and related government-wide monitoring systems are adequately designed to respond to gend…

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