On 20-21 November 2017 AISA organised a writing retreat for emerging scholarsat the HSRC Building in Pretoria. Indeed, as the organisers and participants, we are indebted to HSRC and its AISA division for supporting this programme which is consistent with the South African Government’s new growth path of National Development Plan (NDP) to accelerate evidence-based innovation and support “to leave no one behind” at the local, national, and regional contexts.
The 2015/16 National Survey of Research and Experimental Development (R&D Survey) report released today shows that, despite the economic challenges, some institutional sectors have continued investing in R&D. South Africa's gross expenditure on research and development (GERD) in 2015/16 was R32,337 billion, an increase of 10,2% in nominal terms on the year before.
Professor Ivan Turok attended the inaugural meeting of the SHLC in Glasgow between November 13-15th. This is a major new research programme funded by the UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund. The EPD unit of HSRC is a core member of the Centre.
In a Southern African first, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) working with partners, has conducted a study looking at the HIV prevention needs of partnered men who have sex with men (MSM).
On 26 October the Business Development and International Liaison unit hosted representatives of the Limpopo Development Collaborative Platform (LDCP) to discuss how HSRC researchers might be able to contribute towards this substantial research initiative. Stakeholders in this collaborative platform include the Limpopo Provincial Government, private corporations and research agencies.
Anglo American Platinum and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) represented the LDCP. Three HSRC units (EDP, DGSD and RIA) participated in this meeting with their inputs, taken together, illustrating the impressive footprint of their diverse research initiatives in Limpopo. Dr Glenda Kruss, Executive Director of CESTII, chaired this exploratory conversation to consider how to bring social scientists and M&E experts into the LDCP initiative.
SALGA hosted its provincial Small Town Regeneration (STR) and Regional Economic Development (RED) conference in Delmas, Mpumalanga, on 24 and 25 October 2017, which was aimed at discussing ways to regenerate, restore and strengthen small town economies in the province.
The City of Cape Town hosted its annual Informal Economy Summit at the City Hall on the 10th of October 2017, which included an input session and panel discussion facilitated by two EPD members, Professor Leslie Bank and Dr Andreas Scheba. This years’ summit was organised under the theme “Building Sustainable Informal Trading Markets as drivers of Local Area Economic Development” and the objective was to discuss how informal markets in the City can be better supported to promote enterprise growth, formalisation and inclusive economic development.
The HSRC hosted the launch of the Gauteng Rental Housing Strategy on 12 October 2017. This follows the 2015 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the HSRC’s Economic Performance and Development (EPD) unit and the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements.
The HSRC will, on the margins of the 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers’ meeting being hosted by South Africa, lead the Academic, Science & Technology Cooperation forum. South Africa will host the IORA Council of Ministers’ Meeting from 14 to 17 October 2017 in Durban during which the country will also assume the chairpersonship of IORA.
The Department of Science and Technology, through its Innovation for Local Economic Development programme, hosted a seminar at the end of August to promote the ownership of innovation assessment tools among resource-poor local municipalities.