Category: Southern Africa

In the UN scheme of geographic regions, five countries constitute Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland.
  • Changing Social Policy: The Child Support Grant in South Africa
    • This article charts the generation of the Report of the Lund Committee, which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Child Support Grant in post-apartheid South Africa. PDF format.
  • Changing the Fourth Estate: Essays on South African Journalism
    • Edited by Adrian Hadland
  • Confronting the Region: A Profile of Southern Africa
    • This profile provides an understanding of the main developmental and institutional challenges that confront southern Africa. The authors highlight the political, economic and social conditions in the region and identify common trends. The paper also reviews the progress made in the promotion of greater regional integration.
  • Cost Recovery and the Crisis of Service Delivery in South Africa
    • Based on case studies from a number of South African municipalities, this groundbreaking publication examines cost recovery and its implications for service delivery in South Africa. This study looks at how cost recovery affects access to services, affordability and privatisation. Alternatives to cost recovery are also explored.
  • Debating High Skills and Joined Up Policy
    • Debates about ‘governance’ both within and outside of the South African state are increasingly turning to the question of ‘coordination failure’ – the inability of government to make interventions in key problem areas which require the inputs and actions of several government departments and agencies acting in concert with each other.
  • Democracy and Delivery
    • Democracy and Delivery: Urban Policy in South Africa tells the story of urban policy and its formulation in South Africa. As such, it provides an important resource for present and future urban policy processes.
  • Democracy in Africa: Moving Beyond a Difficult Legacy
    • This paper examines the political and socio-economic factors that influence democratisation throughout South Africa and the African continent. The emphasis is on the policies and impact of government, business and civil society in reducing inequality and poverty. Issues of community empowerment are also examined as a way to promote sustainable development.
  • Democracy SA: Public Opinion on National Priority Issues
    • This report is based on a national survey of public opinion on issues of South African governance, politics, the economy, crime and race relations. A timeous barometer of public mood, the survey was conducted five months after the re-election of the African National Congress in 1999.
  • Democracy South Africa: Evaluating the 1999 Election
    • A number of authors assess the 1999 election in South Africa and the consolidation of democracy since 1994. Drawing on fieldworker observations, the views of political parties and other stakeholders and information from focus groups and workshops, this book evaluates the freeness, fairness and efficiency of the election process.
  • Diamonds Dominate Namibia's economy
    • Article discussing the importance of diamonds to Namibia's economy
  • Doctors in a Divided Society
    • Much work has been done to change medical school curricula in line with the primary health-care focus of government policy, and international trends towards problem-based learning. The student profile in medical schools is now not only more representative of the demographics of South Africa, but also reveals a significant increase in female students. Whether these students will stay in the country after graduating, and serve where they are needed most, remains to be seen.
  • Earnings Inequality in South Africa 1995 - 2003
    • It is generally accepted that the gap between the earnings of unskilled and semi-skilled workers on the one hand, and skilled and highly skilled workers, on the other, narrowed in South Africa during the 1970s and 1980s. This paper investigates whether the gap between the real earnings of highly skilled and low-skilled workers in the formal sector of the South African economy continued to narrow after this country’s transition to democracy.
  • Education in Exile
    • This co-authored book re-lives the experiences of young South African exiles at the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO) in Tanzania. South Africans from all backgrounds and solidarity workers from many parts of the world showed what new ways of thinking about teaching and learning could achieve.
  • Education in Retrospect: Policy and Implementation Since 1990
    • This book reviews curriculum policy, reform and implementation in South African education. This is an edited compilation of the key presentations and discussions that took place between education policy-makers and researchers at the HSRC-sponsored Round Table in September 2000.
  • Educator Supply and Demand in the South African Public Education System
    • Education plays a key role in the development of any society. Responding to the need for empirical evidence on the demand for and supply of public educators in South Africa, the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) commissioned the Human Sciences Research Council-led consortium to conduct nation-wide research on the factors determining educator supply and demand in South African public education system.
  • Educator Workload in South Africa
    • Teachers spend slightly less time on their activities overall, but much less time on teaching than policy requires. There is a serious erosion of instructional time in the majority of schools, but it is worst in rural and semi-rural African schools.
  • Elusive Equity
    • Elusive Equity documents South Africa’s efforts to create a racially equitable state education system from the ashes of apartheid education. Edward Fiske and Helen Ladd describe and evaluate the strategies that South African policy makers have pursued in their quest for equity. They draw on previously unpublished data, interviews with key officials, and visits to dozens of schools to describe the changes made to school financing, teacher allocation, governance, curriculum, and other areas.
  • Emerging Voices: A Report on Education in South African Rural Communities
    • This book graphically illustrates the conditions that make the dreams of a better life for all virtually unrealisable in rural areas. Through the voices of rural people themselves, the reader is told not only what the problems are but also what can and should be done.
  • Employment and Skills in South African Exports
    • This paper compares labour absorption that arises from trade and from the domestic market. It takes this further to consider employment created by export destination. A fuller understanding of employment implications is made possible by using a social accounting matrix to take into account both direct and indirect employment.
  • Empowerment Through Economic Transformation
    • This, the third book in a trilogy studying transformation in post-apartheid South Africa, follows on two studies published in 2000: Infrastructure Mandates for Change and Empowerment through Service Delivery. This volume, with the help of 15 case studies, assesses the prospects for empowerment through economic transformation in South Africa.
  • Energy Sustainability for South Africa's Poor
    • This occasional paper provides an analysis of government efforts to improve the access of poor South African households to various energy sources, particularly electricity, on an affordable and sustainable basis. The two authors describe the energy situation of the poor and comment on essential ingredients for a sustainable energy strategy.
  • Entrepreneurship, Employment, and Skills Development: Ari Seirlis in Conversation
    • This book chapter shares an interview with Ari Seirlis, the National Director of the QuadPara Association of South Africa, about how entrepreneurship can be a valuable path to employment for workers with disabilities.
  • Every Step of the Way: The Journey to Freedom in South Africa
    • In an extraordinary and engaging account this book traces the paths South Africans have followed from pre-colonial times to the democratic present, providing fascinating personal and historical details, and raising provocative questions about the choices, mistakes, contradictions and key themes in the emergence of the complex society that South Africa is today.
  • Factors Affecting Teaching and Learning in South African Public Schools
    • This study examines material issues affecting the quality of teaching and learning in our schools, both within and external to the classroom environment. The findings reveal significant disparities in conditions, both within and between provinces. Compounded by the effects of ill-health related to HIV/AIDS, these disparities are likely to hamper any efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning in South African public schools, and therefore require serious attention.
  • Finding Work: Employment Experiences of South African Graduates
    • Complementing existing labour-market research on graduates, this study provides qualitative and quantitative data relating to graduates’ experiences in the labour market. The data presented here offers a clear picture of graduate employment and includes the time it takes graduates to find employment, the factors that influence employability, the types of jobs they find, their perceptions of the relation of the level of jobs they found to their qualifications and to the sectors of employment.
  • Flight of the Flamingos: A Study on the Mobility of R&D Workers
    • The study on the mobility of Research and Development (R&D) workers aims to address concerns about the sustainability of South Africa's R&D workforce and the perceived negative effects of the 'brain drain'. The final report received a high quality rating from the international reviewer.
  • Food Security and Sustainable Development in Southern Africa
    • Southern Africa experienced acute food shortages during 2002 and 2003. Against this background, the authors of this occasional paper investigate the issues around food security, assess the outlook for global food security and draw their conclusions accordingly.
  • From Conflict to Negotiation
    • Nature-based development on the South African Wild Coast. Special edition
  • From School to Higher Education?
    • This substantive report is essential reading for those involved in higher education planning and policy-making. Based on responses to a survey done in all nine provinces of South Africa, research focuses on Grade 12 learners' intentions to enter higher education and their choices around institution and field of study.
  • Gender Equity in South African Education 1994 - 2004
    • Provides readers with an overview of the progress of achieving gender equity in post-apartheid South African education. The book brings together the leading South African and international experts on gender equity in education. The papers presented at the conference, included here as chapters of the book, are all substantial contributions.
  • Going for Broke: The Fate of Farmworkers in Arid South Africa
    • This book takes the question of farm workers’ fortunes beyond the land debate, to consider their current and future livelihoods. The book argues that the question of farm workers needs to be understood as part of a broader spectrum of economic and social questions.
  • Government Incentivisation of Higher Education - Industry Research Partnerships in South Africa. An Audit of THRIP and the Innovation Fund
    • This research monograph is part of a series that explores the ways in which South African higher education and industry have formed research partnerships in response to global trends and national policy imperatives. The series examines these partnerships in relation to knowledge production, enterprise productivity and innovation in biotechnology, ICT and new materials development.
  • HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa
    • This report details the findings of a colloquium held in November 2003 which presented HIV/AIDS policy research conducted by the HSRC in projects across Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The colloquium also focused on the status of orphaned and vulnerable children in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
  • Industry and the Environment in South Africa
    • The Bottom Line is a major new contribution to the debates on industry and the environment. With an emphasis on South Africa, The Bottom Line focuses on the issues facing the environmental management of industry today. It explores the relationship between legislation and new investments, the environmental costs of electricity supply, the role of trade unions in environmental management, and the environmental management of small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Poverty-Eradication and Sustainable Development
    • This occasional paper is an examination of the South African government's array of anti-poverty initiatives since 1992, within the context of a sustainable development framework. The challenges, successes and failures are explored and recommendations made for the attainment of the goal of poverty eradication.
  • World Bank - Namibia
    • On this page, you can download publications and data about Namibia, particularly in relation to poverty, education, health, and human development. Also learn about World Bank projects and activities in the country.