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Bridging the Gap between South Africa’s Lofty Ideals and Violent Reality

Bridging the Gap between South Africa’s Lofty Ideals and Violent Reality

South Africa is presiding over the UN Security Council for the month of October. It has indicated that it will use its presidency to focus on Women, Peace, and Security.

With a South African leading UN Women, and the South African envoy to the United Nations stating his government’s commitment to “WPS” as a priority issue, this focus is unsurprising.

But President Cyril Ramaphosa did not attend the UN General Assembly last month, staying at home to deal with twin crises that have roiled the country and had international repercussions—attacks on women and girls on one hand, and collective violence against foreign residents in major urban centers on the other.

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Education


From ECD to higher and further education, we measure the quality and quantity of learning, continually adapting the assessment and measurement methods required

Access to Education Study

Access to Education Study

“First nationally representative study in SA to measure the barriers to access education for primary and secondary school children”.

Education Study Fact Sheets

Social Cohesion & Protest


We study social cohesion at the community level, seeking to understand the underlying causes, triggers and responses to unrest and the ways in which communities organise and govern themselves.

Poverty & Inequality


To reduce both absolute and relative deprivation, it is crucial to understand how individuals, families and communities experience deprivation in all its dimensions, and how different people and communities experience and respond to it in different ways.

Land & Housing


Land and housing are economic assets, spaces of social interaction, and points of identity and belonging. These dimensions, and more, inform our thinking about land tenure systems, housing needs assessments, settlement planning, infrastructure impacts, urbanisation & labour mobility, informal settlement upgrades and farm worker evictions.

Farm Evictions Study

Farm Evictions Study “Cutting edge new methodology to measure the prevalence & impact of farm evictions in South Africa.” Book: “Still searching for Security” by Social Surveys and Nkunzi Development Association  

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Farm Evictions Study

“Cutting edge new methodology to measure the prevalence & impact of farm evictions in South Africa.”
Book: “Still searching for Security” by Social Surveys and Nkunzi Development Association

Social Issues in Mining


Social Surveys has a 30-year track record in the mining sector, advising communities, mining houses and civil society partners on labour migration, housing needs, relocations, employee safety and productivity, protest risk and environmental impacts.

Civil Society, Philanthropy, Giving & Volunteering


How do you understand the nature of civil society organisations, community-level philanthropy and the practices of giving and volunteering in African contexts characterised by informality, collectivism and deep mutual support networks?

The NPO Study

“First nationally representative study to determine size & scope of the NPO sector in SA – part of the Johns Hopkins NPO Project”
Book: “Size & Scope of the Non-profit Sector in South Africa” by Mark Swilling & Bev Russell-Rice

Health


from behaviour change communication to health facility capacity assessments, and from in-depth local pilot studies to large-scale multi-method impact evaluations, our work in health spans many subjects and methods

Youth & Employment


We seek to understand the full spectrum of ways in which people participate in the economy

Methods and Field Notes


Quality in, quality out. Excellence in data collection and processing is fundamental to interpretation and insight with integrity.

Gender and Sexuality


To challenge homophobia, it is important to understand sexuality and gender issues

Events


Events give us the chance to talk to new people. Talking is good! New people are good!