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.

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. Accessed: 31 October 2016)

National Treasury, with the support of national DSD and the DG Murray Trust, is undertaking a project to put in place an improved financing framework and policy for welfare services. This review forms part of this broader project.

The main purpose of the review is to examine the current processes for registering NPOs and social welfare institutions with a view to proposing improvements to the policy, oversight and management of these processes.