Economic Performance and Development
On 27 and 28 September, leading scholars will meet at the University of Cape Town (UCT) to take forward an initiative started by the HSRC and the Mandela Initiative at UCT to explore the legacies of migrant labour in South Africa.
The HSRC is part of the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (CSHLC), an international research consortium that will look at urban economic and social change. The CSHLC will be administered at Glasgow University with partners located in South Africa, China, Tanzania, Rwanda, India, Bangladesh and Philippines.
The HSRC's EPD research programme along with university partners, recently completed fieldwork for the 2016/17 survey on rural innovation activities. This milestone of the Rural Innovation Assessment Toolbox (RIAT) heralds a great leap forward in addressing the general lack of reliable information on innovation in rural areas. This places us on a clear pathway to defeat the scourge of rural socio-economic deprivation.
RIAT has a dual purpose. First, it seeks to harness innovation for improved human wellbeing and living standards. Second, it urges local municipalities to entrench an innovation-driven approach to their socioeconomic development initiatives. Since 2012, eight distressed district municipalities on government’s list of priority intervention sites have benefited from exposure to this set of novel information and decision tools.
The 5th annual eThekwini-Academic Research Symposium will be held at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) from the 1st to 2ndof June 2017.
Government wants rural land users to adopt fit-for-purpose land use practices. This requires, for example, that the best farmland be used - with care - for crop and livestock farming into the distant future. A recent law, the Spatial Planning Land Use Management Act (2015), sets out the rules for ideal land uses. How many rural land users are following the prescripts of this law? Policymakers find it hard to answer this question without accurate knowledge about actual land uses in rural municipalities. Policy-relevant evidence is needed to fill this information gap.
Peter Jacobs has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Fulbright Grant for research scholars. The grant allows him to consolidate more than a decade of his studies on land reform into a book manuscript. For the six months of the Fulbright fellowship, which begins at the end of January 2017, he will be based at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to complete his new book project.
EPD Researchers attend Launch of eZiko siPheka siSophula Indigenous Knowledge systems Anthology.
We are conducting a survey of education and training providers operating in the tourism, hospitality and conservation sectors to understand what the role and contribution of this stakeholder group to skills development to ensure that workers in the sector are appropriately skilled.
One of the dilemmas at the heart of the new urban agenda globally is whether population
growth should be accommodated by extensive or intensive urban development. Both
approaches have gained support in South Africa in recent years, albeit in different parts of
government. The paper provides a critical and constructive assessment of what lies behind
these contrasting agendas. It considers the positive and negative features of mega-projects and
urban consolidation, with an emphasis on their implications for urban efficiency and social
justice. It concludes by stressing the need to reconcile these policies in order to avoid wasteful
duplication and damage.