What we do

Responding to imperatives and aspirations

As an active research programme, DGSD fulfils a number of national mandates as expressed in the HSRC Act. DGSD helps inform the effective formulation and monitoring of policy and evaluate the implementation of policy. It plays a role in stimulating public debate through the effective dissemination of fact-based results of research. DGSD helps build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa; fosters and supports research collaboration, networks and institutional linkages within the human sciences research community; and respond to the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups in society by researching and analysing developmental problems, thereby contributing to the improvement of the quality of their lives. DGSD develops and makes publicly available new data sets to underpin research, policy development and public discussion.

In its work, DGSD responds to national imperatives, to the African Union Agenda 2063 aspirations, and to the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To realise its vision, DGSD undertakes BRICS-related research on behalf of the HSRC and will be a dedicated instrument contributing towards multi-disciplinary research on BRICS in South Africa. This centre mobilises HSRC research capacity and South African research networks to contribute towards the BRICS Long Term Strategy with technical and institutional support in the formulation of relevant BRICS policies.

How we make a difference

DGSD’s research output and findings are widely distributed and disseminated through peerreviewed publications, research reports, policy briefs and monographs. Additionally, public reach is extended through stakeholder engagement processes and through widespread use of both print and electronic media. Seminars, workshops, conferences, round-table discussions, public dialogues and debates are also organized with clients, collaborators and other important stakeholders to enhance constructive and critical debate and ensure uptake of important policyrelevant recommendations. 

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