Programmes and strategies targeting gender and poverty reduction in South Africa: a case study of three service departments

SOURCE: African Journal of Governance and Development
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2011
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Nthombela, H.Dayal
KEYWORDS: GENDER, INEQUALITY, POVERTY, WOMEN
DEPARTMENT: Research Use and Impact Assessment (RIA), Research Use and Impact Assessment (PRESS), Research Use and Impact Assessment (CC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 7251

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Abstract

This article emanates from a broader research project that sought to explore 'new models' and innovative ways of thinking and dealing with poverty. Using an interpretive research paradigm and multiple case studies, this article seeks to establish if a common understanding of poverty exists within government departments. A case study of three national departments was identified for the enquiry. One of the critical questions that the study wanted to answer is: How do these departments conceptualise and address the impact of poverty? Findings show that there is an aggregated understanding of poverty within departments and they also indicate that poverty intersects with gender. This article concludes that although South Africa has made significant strides in entrenching equality in the Constitution, institutions of the state and in policy documents, gender inequalities in all aspects of life continue to negatively impact on the quality of women's lives.