Dr Derek Davids

DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
TELEPHONE: 021 466 7838
EMAIL: ydavids@hsrc.ac.za

Dr Yul Derek Davids is a Senior Research Specialist in the Democracy and Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD) programme at the HSRC. He holds a PhD in Political Science and his dissertation focussed on evaluating people?s perceptions of the causes of poverty. He has a keen interest in the socio-economic conditions of vulnerable people such as the poor, women and children, and how poor socio-economic conditions impacts on their ability to live a good quality life with less risk of falling into poverty and or ill-health. He also works in the area of democracy and governance and social cohesion in particular.

His expertise includes project management, project conceptualisation, proposal writing, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) through both quantitative and qualitative research, data analyses, report writing, presentations of results, and project reporting. In specific, he has managed more than thirty national representative surveys in more than 12 African countries which included the Afrobarometer surveys in Southern Africa. While Derek has worked on more than 40 national and international projects, his strength is in Monitoring and Evaluation using in particular representative surveys as a research tool. His experience includes consultancy work for the International Foundation for Elections Systems (IFES) in Uganda and Management Systems International (MSI) in Nigeria as well as for USAID in Tanzania.

He has published extensively and represented the HSRC both at national and international conferences. He was co-editor of the South African Social Attitudes 2nd Report: Reflections on the Age of Hope book published by the HSRC Press. His most recent publication in the HSRC Review examines the impact of poverty and inequality on social cohesion in South Africa. He has excellent organisational and client relationship skills gained through his project experience at all levels and with a wide range of government, non-government organisations as well as private sector. As a family man he likes to go fishing at sea with his two sons and playing golf with his wife.

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 ....

African Peer Preview Mechanism - APRM

To develop a methodology for conducting a Preliminary Review mission in Kenya; To help pilot the methodology in the Preliminary Mission; To conduct t....

Survey on Career Pathing and development of Women as part of promoting Gender Mainstreaming in the Electoral Commission of south Africa

Recent deliberations by the Commissioners of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) raised concerns that very few women apply for and /or are ....

Family Cohesion, Values and Strengthening in promoting Family well-being in South Africa

The broad objective of the study is to enhance knowledge of family-related dynamics, cohesiveness, orientations and preferences (hereafter referred to....

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....

Profiling Livelihood Assets in South Africa

The main objective of this study is to improve our understanding of the dynamics of poverty, unemployment and inequality within South Africa. This wil....

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....

Review of the Employee Satisafction Survey Questionnaire

"The Employee Satisfaction Survey (ESS) is a perception study which aims to identify issues which impact on the performance and productivity of public....