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Mandela Initiative research: Summaries of findings

A Community of Practice must be strategically aligned to government policies aimed at addressing key social challenges and problems. Such a community has emerged through the Mandela Initiative’s research programme funded by the National Research Foundation and led by recipients of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), an NRF and Department of Science and Technology partnership. These SARChI Research Chairs hosted a two-day Community of Practice workshop on 8 and 9 May 2017 to discuss the research results and debate their policy implications with key actors from relevant government and non-governmental agencies. Below are summaries of the studies which were presented at this gathering.

 

Daily practices of informality amidst urban poverty


Philip Harrison, DST-NRF South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, University of the Witwatersrand; Edgar Pieterse, DST-NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy, University of Cape Town; Suraya Scheba, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town; and Margot Rubin, School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand.

 

Grappling with poverty and inequality: A report on the process and findings of the Mandela Initiative


The work of the Mandela Initiative spanned 2013 – 2018 and included guidance from a Think Tank of prominent individuals; research on the Initiative’s themes led by nine DST-NRF Research Chairs, 23 Action Dialogues with academics, government, civil society and the private sector. The outcomes of these three pillars of the Initiative’s work were consolidated into a draft synthesis report, which informed multi-sectoral deliberations at a national workshop in February 2018, whereafter the draft report was revised into the final report.

 

Measuring labour law violation: An application to South Africa [summary]


Haroon Bhorat, DST-NRF Research Chair in Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring Interactions for South Africa; Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, Ben Stanwix and Amy Thornton; Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town

 

Measuring labour law violation: An application to South Africa [poster]


Haroon Bhorat, DST-NRF Research Chair in Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring Interactions for South Africa; Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, Ben Stanwix and Amy Thornton; Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town

 

Examining the impact of strikes on the South African economy [summary]


Haroon Bhorat, DST-NRF Research Chair in Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring Interactions for South Africa; Derek Yu, Safia Khan and Amy Thornton;
Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town

 

Examining the impact of strikes on the South African economy [poster]


Haroon Bhorat, DST-NRF Research Chair in Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring Interactions for South Africa; Derek Yu, Safia Khan and Amy Thornton;
Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town

 

Job creation in forestry, timber, pulp and paper


Jeanette Clarke, independent researcher who contributed to the overall “Job creation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries” study, led by Ben Cousins, DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

 

Job creation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries (overall project findings)


Ben Cousins, DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty; Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

 

Job creation in citrus

Amelia Genis, independent researcher who contributed to the overall “Job creation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries” study, led by Ben Cousins,
DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

 

Job creation in fisheries in South Africa


Moenieba Isaacs, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape; part of the study led by Ben Cousins, DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty; Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

 

Overcoming inequality in South Africa: Thinking “outside of the box”


Murray Leibbrandt, DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality, and Vimal Ranchhod, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town

 

Families and inequality


Dorrit Posel, Helen Suzman Chair in Political Economy; School of Economic and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

 

The daily practices of informality: Johannesburg’s “hidden spaces”


Margot Rubin, DST-NRF Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning; School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand

 

Assessing the redistributive potential of the health system in South Africa


Diane McIntyre, DST-NRF Research Chair in Health and Wealth in South Africa; Division of Health Economics, University of Cape Town

 

Improving education for the poor


Servaas van der Berg, DST-NRF Research Chair in the Economics of Social Policy, Research on the Economics of Social Policy, Stellenbosch University