Exploring the Potential of Data Innovation for Advancing Inclusive Policy Making

Workshop details

Date:     Monday, 19th February 2018
Venue:   HSRC Offices, Video Conference Facilities in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.
Time:     12h30 to 15h30

The Economic Performance and Development Programme, Human Sciences Research Council is pleased to extend an invitation to the above mentioned workshop.

During 2017, UNESCO launched its “Inclusive Policy Lab” which seeks to support the implementation of the Inclusive Development Pillar in the SDG Agenda. The Inclusive Policy Lab primary focus is on exploring issues related to the co-production and access to knowledge and its translation into inclusive and informed equity weighted policies. Attached please find a copy of the UNESCO Analytical framework on Inclusive Policy Making.

In support of enhancing this agenda, the HSRC was awarded a grant by UNESCO (Southern African Office) to conduct an empirical study aimed at examining how excluded urban youth, residing in shack settlements could be effectively supported to engage with local government through innovations in access to online municipal performance data. The online data platform tested for this exercise was the National Treasury’s Municipal Money.

The HSRC study was completed in December 2017 and a draft report was submitted to UNESCO. Prior to finalization of the report we wish to disseminate findings with relevant stakeholders, such as your institution, with the view to validating the findings and to promote dialogue on the potential of Data Innovations for advancing Inclusive Policy Making in South Africa.

We therefore wish to extend an invitation to you to participate in a workshop targeted to stakeholders in the state sector as well as in civil society, who are engaged in efforts to support online data access and inclusive policy making and programming in South Africa. The objective of this workshop is to share findings from the HSRC study in order to contribute to the broader discourse in South Africa on the contribution of data innovation for advancing inclusive policy making.

Importantly the workshop is expected to contribute to supporting the implementation and monitoring of the SDG Pillar 16 on inclusive development.

Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

In particular the focus will be on two of the SDG 16 targets namely: 

  • Target 16.6:  Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels;
  • Target 16.10: Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements


Workshop Objective

To present findings from the Municipal Money Case Study undertaken by HSRC with a view to contributing to the broader discourse on the potential contribution of Data Innovation and Access to Data by disadvantaged community stakeholders for strengthening inclusive policy making and programme and programming in South Africa.

The workshop is being held via our video conference facility in order to enable participants in three centres of Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town to participate.

We sincerely hope that you will accept this invitation. Please confirm your participation by completing the attached RSVP forms on or before Monday 12th February 2018. Agenda for the workshop will be shared shortly.

Shirin Motala
(on behalf of the Research Team)
Senior Programme Manager
EPD, HSRC
Email # smotala@hsrc.ac.za
Tel # + 27 (31) 242 5634