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 ...
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 scoping study on xenophobia
Atlantic Philanthropies ( South Africa ), appoints Strategy and Tactics (S&T) to manage a scoping study on xenophobia and human rights abuses in the handling of refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, by government agencies.
Targeting poverty in Gauteng
In 2003, the Gauteng Provincial Executive Council noted the need for appropriate provincial data collection to assist in identifying poverty pockets in Gauteng as well as in the proper allocation of resources for poverty alleviation projects. As part of the Integrated Quality Social Services Strategy, it was agreed that the Office of the Premier should assist in the gathering of improved poverty information.
A nation of givers?
Strategy & Tactics was commissioned by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS), National Development Agency (NDA) and SA Grantmakers Association (SAGA) to undertake a representative national sample survey to measure both attitudes to giving and giving behaviour itself. The survey is one component of a larger project focusing on resource mobilisation for poverty and development that covers state expenditure, overseas development assistance, corporate giving, as well as individual-level giving focusing on religious groups and poor communities.
Facilitating a United Nations workshop on youth employment creation in post-conflict Arab countries
S&T's David Everatt was invited by the UN to join a team of facilitators in Beirut , led by the UN's Fatiya Serour and including Julie Nielsen (UN), Dr Ali Kouaouci and Dr Bushra Nimry. The workshop was hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Social Policy and Development, under the patronage of Dr Assad Diab, the Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs.
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.
A study of Public Priorities, Willingness and Ability to Pay for Social Health Insurance in South Africa
Matthew, in conjunction with Jud Cornell and S&T Non-Executive Director Geetesh Solanki, has just completed a study of public priorities, willingness and ability to pay for social health insurance (SHI) in South Africa commissioned by the Department of Health. He describes the project.
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.
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.
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?
Targeting to maximise impact
What is poverty? How is it defined? Who are the poor? Where are they living? How can they be reached? These are questions frequently asked by those involved in development. The approach or means one adopts to address poverty largely depends on how one defines poverty.
S&T exposed to the process of developing tenders
The National Department of Public Works requested S&T to conduct a workshop to develop terms of reference for establishing a monitoring and evaluation system for the Emerging Contractor Development Programme (ECDP) and the Strategic Project Initiative (SPI).
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.
Reality or perception: What is life in South Africa really like?
In April this year six major newspapers carried S&T's research into the homes of millions of South Africans. In-depth articles covering six days of print got the country debating the differences between the reality of life in South Africa and the way we perceive it.
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.
Targeting for the Zivuseni Poverty Alleviation Programme
S&T partner Ross Jennings is an expert in targeting for poverty alleviation programmes. Here he describes a recent Gauteng-based targeting exercise.
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.
Youth and voter registration in South Africa
The Independent Electoral Commission approached S&T to help understand what was limiting voter registration among youth, and design appropriate strategies for improving the situation. Jowie Mulaudzi describes the project.
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 .