Democracy Governance and Service Delivery

Are criminal justice institutions continuing to entertain the violation of rape victims' rights?

More and more people feel unsafe in South Africa. Crime statistics indicate that South Africans do not feel safe in their homes, communities and work place. According to the Victims of Crime Survey aggregate crime levels increased by 5% (over 5 million) in 2017/18 compared to 2016/17.

New Honorary Research Associate, Dr Ian Goldman joins HSRC

Dr Goldman was deputy director general and head of evaluation and research at the South African Presidency’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Dr Goldman has worked in 18 countries over the last 37 years, with NGOs, the private sector and governments across a range of development sectors including rural development, local governance, sustainable livelihoods, community-driven development, as well as action learning and evaluation.

Making the road by walking: The evolution of the South African Constitution

New book announcement

Written by the HSRC's Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller, Dr Michael Cosser and Gary Pienaar is now available from Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), an open-access publisher based at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.

SASAS survey hits the road

The Democracy Governance and Service Delivery research programme has launched the longitudinal study, South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS). This is a survey on opinion among the South African population covering topics on a wide range of social matters such as communications, politics, education, unemployment, and the problems of the aged and inter-group relations.

Gender diversities: What does the African public really think?

There is a general belief that African people are deeply homophobic and unaccepting of gender diversities. But what does the African public really think? The truth is that we don’t really know because hardly any work has been done to gather and analyse the views of the public in a structured way in Africa.

Do voters continue to believe that democracy can deliver improvements in their daily lives?

After the election rallies this past weekend, will voters turn out to cast their ballots on Wednesday? During the campaign, voters have expressed frustration and anger at the inadequate performance of elected representatives, and cynicism about the absence of political leaders from communities between elections. Will constituents’ unhappiness with their socio-economic circumstances and with local leadership affect electoral participation? Do voters continue to believe that democracy can deliver improvements in their daily lives?

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