Adv Gary Pienaar

DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 7984
EMAIL: gpienaar@hsrc.ac.za

Mr Gary Pienaar is a senior research manager in the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Programme. He holds BA (Hons) LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand (1989), and obtained an M Phil in Value and Policy Studies from the University of Stellenbosch (2002).

Before joining the HSRC in February 2013, he was coordinator of the Money and Politics Project at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa. He has also worked as the Western Cape provincial manager of the Office of the Public Protector and as senior researcher: Governance and Public Ethics at Idasa.

His areas of research interest include: democratic governance, integrity, transparency and accountability; political party financing; energy governance; and transparency and accountability of International Finance Institutions.

Mr Pienaar's publication record includes the authoring and co-authoring of two book chapters, and numerous research reports, submissions to Parliament, conference presentations and articles. His most recent work, to be published in the State of the Nation 2014, considers key democratic governance achievements and challenges during the first 20 years of South Africa?s democracy.

Recent

State of Social Cohesion and Nation-building in South Africa

The primary objective of this project is to prepare the draft and final reports for the Working Group on social cohesion and nation-building. A draft ....

Implementation of the Evaluation of the Integrated Justice System (IJS)

The study includes an analysis of challenges that the IJS has faced, and expects to face in its future execution of its mandate. This analysis will le....

Upholding Democratic Ideals and the Challenge of Regulating Political Party Funding and Election Campaign Finance

This paper presents a comparative case from the Southern Africa region highlighting various approaches to monitoring party and campaign finance. The a....

Review of Commission for Gender Equity's (CGE's) 20 years of Existence, Achievements and Challenges

The purpose of the Study is to review and assess the work of the since its inception, focusing on its key achievements, impact within the gender secto....

Governance Index Implementation Plan

The HSRC seeks to develop a Good Governance Index for South Africa that would operate as a policy monitoring instrument and a tool for generating evid....

BCURE Consortium

INASP has contracted with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for the provision of services for the Building Capacity for the Use o....

Assessment of the Impact of the Decisions of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal

The overall aim of the research project is to assess the impact of the two highest courts, the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal on....

Social Cohesion: The Missing Link in overcoming Violence and Inequality

The overall purpose of the project is to deepen our knowledge of violence, and consequently our ability to respond to it in Cities in the Global South....

Cities Support Programme

Background: The CSP is an initiative of National Treasury in collaboration with key government departments to address spatial inequalities and dev....

State of the Nation

Between 2003 and 2008 the HSRC published its annual flagship publication State of the Nation. Taking the South African national agenda as its organisi....