On 7 Sept 2018, Dr Tara Polzer Ngwato, Social Surveys Research Director, presented a paper at the International Conference on Migration – Southern Perspectives on Migration: Addressing Knowledge Production, Policies and Cooperation. The conference was hosted by UNESCO and the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Dr Polzer Ngwato’s presentation, entitled “Context not Cause: how local government should integrate but not essentialise mobility in measuring social cohesion,” argues that local government in South Africa can and should take a broadly ‘cohesion-sensitive’ approach to service delivery planning and public participation and that an awareness of community-level migration dynamics is an integral component of this approach.