South African Civil Society and Xenophobia (Johannesburg, July 2010)|
This comprehensive 500-page report, coordinated by Strategy & Tactics, was written by some of South Africa's leading social and political scientists as well as civil society activists. The report analyses the conditions that allowed xenophobic violence to erupt in South Africa in May 2008, leaving 62 people dead.
Surveying ex-combatants for The Atlantic Philanthropies
One of the most challenging survey jobs we have had to do was a sample survey of ex-combatants. Ex-combatants are an important group in any post-conflict society, but can exert influence way beyond their numbers in transitional and poor societies. The common assumption is that their role will be negative; but this is more often the result of their (real ...
Expert meeting on adolescents and youth in emergencies and transitions for UNICEF, New York
David was invited to attend a 3-day expert meeting in New York, where youth experts and a wide range of UN agencies gathered to discuss the complexities of programming youth into the work done by UN agencies during emergency and transitional situations. For example, when an emergency occurs, young people have their lives uprooted just as much as do adults ...
Transforming the fragmented state
Matthew is currently working with a number of different provincial governments to help them improve their service delivery. In this article he outlines some useful lessons that can be learnt from other countries who have improved the delivery of services to citizens.
After the 2002 transition in Kenya:
In December 2002, voters in Kenya went to the polls and voted out the Kenya African National Union (KANU), Kenya’s ruling party since independence in 1963. Mainstream opposition political parties and pressure groups hurriedly cobbled together the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) and won the Presidential, Parliamentary and Civic Elections. But the formation of the coalition and mobilization of support against KANU was not the result of efforts by political parties alone. Civil society had laid the foundation for opposition unity and put pressure on opposition politicians to form an alliance against KANU. Civil society founded the political organisation on which NARC was anchored.
A decade of democracy: South Africa in review part 4
David Everatt reviews the 10 years since the democratic general election of 1994. The conclusion to this 4 part series.
S&T drafts framework report for Phase II of Kenya 's National Civic Education Programme
Readers of Phatlalatsa will know that S&T has been heavily involved in the Kenyan national civic education programme (NCEP). We helped devise the management structure and overall orientation of the programme in 1999, and undertook a large baseline survey (against which NCEP could measure progress) in 2001. In 2003, DANIDA (acting on behalf of the Like-Minded Donor Group) appointed S&T to draft the framework report for the second phase of the programme (NCEP II).
Anglo Platinum Research Project
Anglo Platinum has established a Collective Partnership Forum (CPF), which has established a Wage Agreement, and a Standing BCEA Committee to ensure future compliance to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). Strategy & Tactics have been commissioned to undertake a quantitative and qualitative research project to support the work of the BCEA Committee.
A week of castles, snow, free beer …
S&T partner David Everatt was a Fellow at Session 413 of the Salzburg Seminar, on 'Engaging youth in community development'. The Seminar takes place at Schloss Leopoldskroon, a palace renovated in the 1930s and the setting for the film 'The Sound of Music'. The Scholl has acres of ground, its own lake, and lies in the foothills of the Alps. More importantly, it has its own beer cellar, open 24 hours a day, where the local Stiegel brew is consumed. The Schloss is a couple of kilometres from Salzburg, birth-place of Mozart and (like much of Austria) a place of postcard beauty at every turn.
Marginalisation Recreated? (Part II)
Part Two of a study of South African youth, conducted by senior S&T partner, David Everatt. Part three to follow in the next edition of Phatlalatsa.
A national framework for civic education in Uganda
S&T Senior Partner David Everatt is the Team Leader for an EU-funded project in Uganda. The project represents another successful collaboration between S&T and South Consulting.
Marginalisation re-created? Youth in South Africa 1990 – 2000 and beyond
S&T Senior Partner David Everatt was invited to the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh to present a paper on youth in South Africa. His paper will appear over the next three editions of Phatlalatsa.
The Integrated Rural Development Strategy - S&T supporting the Office of the Deputy President
S&T has been providing support to Dr Bongani Khumalo, Strategic Advisor to the Deputy President on HIV/AIDS and the Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy. David Everatt describes the work S&T has been doing.
The role of traditional leaders in rural development projects (Part II)
In the December edition of Phatlalatsa, S&T Senior Partner Moagi Ntsime, and Sibongile Mthembu, EPA Development’s Provincial Programme Manager, discussed the role of traditional leaders in development. In this edition Moagi develops answers to some of the questions raised in the first article.
S&T and Development Update
S&T Senior Partner David Everatt recently guest edited a special youth edition of Development Update, which has been widely hailed as a key intervention in the youth sector.
Unemployed youth in the Eastern Free State: a learner profile
S&T has won a tender to help profile youth in the Eastern Free State, writes project leader Ross Jennings.
A Centre for the Study of the Non-Profit Sector in South Africa
Gerald Kraak, formerly Deputy Director of Interfund, has managed the process towards creating a Centre dedicated to studying the non-profit sector, raising standards and building its capacity. He tells us the results of the year-long process.
Research and a Learning Government
David Everatt looks at the role of research in development and its implications for delivery.
AIDS and Development
David Everatt has prepared the following research paper for the National Department of Public Works to present at the International AIDS Conference.
Good development can't happen quickly
The non-spending of poverty funds by the Department of Welfare has rightfully become an embarrassing scandal for government. Typically, however, the search is on for whose head will roll. But the problem is deeper that that. The question is: does government understand development?
Sport and the South African nation
Much has been written about the role sport can and sometimes does play in the reconstruction and development of South Africa. Indeed worldwide, much is written of the role sport plays in a divided society or one in transition.
Youth Reconstruction Workforce
Some of the country's leading youth researchers are on the staff of S&T.
SA Politics in '99
S&T notes the varying perceptions within society.
Development programmes and the challenges of partnership
Much has been said and written about partnerships in development initiatives , between government, civil society and business. There is space to enhance such initiatives. However, experience shows that many partnerships are not thought through carefully. Partners discover too late that they do not all share a common vision regarding roles and deliverables.
S&T continues to provide quality election-
From the time that S&T was established, the ANC Elections Department have used our services for election-related research as well as training and capacity building for staff. This began with S&T being given responsibility for KwaZulu-Natal polling prior to the 1999 general election, and included qualitative assessments of election materials. We also provided training in qualitative and quantitative research methodology for provincial ANC election personnel. In 2000, S&T was commissioned by the ANC to undertake an extensive qualitative study for the local elections.
Traditional leaders and
S&T had been heavily involved in rural development throughout our existence. One of the key players - deepening success when they participate and retarding it when they no not support projects - are traditional leaders. Our experience suggests that they are a key constituency for any rural development strategy or project. In this article, S&T's Moagi Ntsime and Sibongile Mthembu, EPA Development's Provincial Programme Manager, discuss the role of traditional leaders in development.
Public Perceptions of higher education
S&T partner Matthew Smith is one of South Africa's leading education researchers, and reports here on some recent research projects he has been involved in.
Measuring debt and helping rehabilitation
S&T partner Ross Jennings managed a fast turn-around project for Mongi Mali Solutions, in which S&T measured levels of debt, the impact it has on workers, and how to help tackle the problem.
S&T continues to provide high-level support & analysis to the Department of Labour
S&T's long and successful involvement in the Labour Market Skills Development Programme is deepening, explains Cape Town partner Matthew Smith.
Unemployed youth in the Eastern Free State: implications of an integrated youth development approach to youth SMME learnerships
In Volume 3 Issue 1 of Phatlalatsa, we reported that S&T had won a tender to help profile the youth target market in the Eastern Free State for an SMME learnership. S&T partner Jowie Mulaudzi presents some of the findings and some of the implications.
S&T & Higher Education
A number of partners at S&T are involved in a wide range of projects in the higher education sector, which Matthew Smith reviews here.
Transition to democracy - The role of civic education in Kenya
Karuti Kanyinga and Carl Wesselink of South Consulting in Nairobi describe the evolution and impact of civic education in Kenya, and argue that the imminent election will be the true test of how effective civic education has been.
Development aid to South Africa
South Africa's importance for promoting economic growth and poverty reduction in Southern Africa should be the main focus in future development assistance concludes a recent review of Norwegian development assistance to South Africa. The review, which S&T helped conduct, was led by Elling TjØnneland of the Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI) and Pundy Pillay, the former deputy director-general in the President's office. In this article, a summary of a CMI Policy Brief written by Elling, we highlight the major findings of the review. The report itself – From Aid to Partnership – A Joint Review of Norwegian South African Development Co-operation 1995-2001 – is available from www.cmi.no/public/2003/R2003-01.htm .