Cornerstone Economic Research developed the methodology for conducting performance and expenditure reviews (PERs) in 2012. Using this methodology, in 2013 the National Treasury, in partnership with the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, initiated a series of PERs of selected public programmes or policies, of which CER conducted the six reviews presented on this page. For further information, and to see PERs carried out by other parties, please go to the GTAC websiteClick here to download a description of the PER methodology.

Higher Education & Training - National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

Authors: Conrad Barberton, Jonathan Carter, Carmen Abdoll, Fiona Lewis, Charles Sheppard
Date: 2016-02-24

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The main purpose of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is to enable young people from poor households to obtain a higher education. This is essential for expanding South Africa’s skills base and a powerful mechanism for breaking the intergenerational cycle of household poverty and exclusion. (Source: Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) 2016. www.gtac.gov.za Accessed: 31 October 2016)

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Economic Development - Nutrition and Food Security for Children

Authors: Conrad Barberton, Jonathan Carter, Carmen Abdoll, Edna Berhane, Scott Drimie
Date: 2015-10-28

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In the mid-1990s, government introduced the Integrated Nutrition Programme. It aimed to improve the health of the poor by delivering a range of nutrition-specific interventions (e.g. vitamin supplementation, deworming, and nutrition education) and complementary interventions (e.g. the provision of water, sanitation and income support to indigent households). (Source: Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) 2016. www.gtac.gov.za Accessed: 31 October 2016)

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Basic Education - In-Service Training of Teachers (INSET)

Authors: Conrad Barberton, Jonathan Carter, Carmen Abdoll
Date: 2013-12-01

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To enhance the quality of teaching and the outcomes of the basic education system, the national Department of Basic Education (DBE) developed a plan for the in-service training of teachers (INSET). The goal is to deepen their subject expertise as well as their pedagogical knowledge. (Source: Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) 2016. www.gtac.gov.za Accessed: 31 October 2016)

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Administrative Services – Social Welfare NPOs

Authors: Conrad Barberton, Jonathan Carter, Carmen Abdoll, Sonja Giese
Date: 2013-11-01

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The current model of social welfare delivery is largely based on non-profit organisations (NPOs). These provide a range of services, including residential services for older persons, partial-care facilities for children, child protection facilities, child- and youth care centres, as well as early childhood development centres. In 2008 (the most recent year for which data was available), there were 6 210 early childhood development centres and 2 705 other social welfare facilities. Of the latter, 98% of the facilities were operated by NPOs, providing services to 72% of the sector’s clients. (Source: Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) 2016. www.gtac.gov.za Accessed: 31 October 2016)

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Administrative Services – National School of Government (NSG)

Authors: Conrad Barberton, Jonathan Carter
Date: 2013-09-23

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The National School of Government (NSG) was established by the Public Administration Management Act of 2014 as a dedicated, specialised training institution for civil servants. Its mandate is to deliver quality education, training and development to equip civil servants with the values, skills and knowledge necessary for entry into and career progression within the public service. (Source: Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) 2016. www.gtac.gov.za Accessed: 31 October 2016)

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Rural Space - MAFISA

Authors: Conrad Barberton, Jonathan Carter, Dominic Mitchell, Carmen Abdoll
Date: 2014-05-13

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The Micro Agricultural Financial Institutions of South Africa (MAFISA) programme was launched as a pilot project in three provinces in 2004/05. Its goal was to provide small, short- and medium-term loans to small-scale farmers to expand production, particularly in communal land areas and on smallholdings with a variety of tenure systems (Source: Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) 2016. www.gtac.gov.za Accessed: 31 October 2016)

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