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Reducing Violence in South Africa: Resourcing Violence Prevention

Author: Carmen Abdoll and Yusuf Mayet
Date: 2017-12-15

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Government budgets are much like household budgets. In households, we make decisions about how to allocate limited income to buy food, pay for education, transport, childcare and so on. In the same way, a government needs to make decisions about how to allocate funds to buy various public services. As in a household, priorities normally dictate where the government spends funds. These decisions are particularly difficult when there are many demands on a shrinking income: this is the challenge we face in South Africa today.

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Processes for Financing Public Basic Education in South Africa

Authors: Conrad Barberton, Jonathan Carter, Angela Biden
Date: 2017-01-30

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This paper was prepared for the International Budget Partnership (IBP) to assist in responding to questions from Civil Society Organisations in the public basic education space regarding what budget and expenditure information is available on the public basic (school) education function in South Africa. The paper aims to assist organisations that wish to influence allocations to education, by explaining education funding processes in South Africa, and identifying and explaining publicly-available sources of expenditure information.

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Budgets and Bricks

Author: Carmen Abdoll
Date: 2016-06-01

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The Rivonia Primary School Constitutional Court Case was about one little girl trying to get access to quality education. But it was also about much more – if the child was not placed at Rivonia Primary (where class sizes averaged 24) she would have been placed at another school (where class sizes averaged 40), and in other parts of Gauteng class sizes might be much higher. So essentially the case symbolises the pressure for places in classrooms, and for more classrooms, and ultimately, for more schools. The solution does not lie in squeezing more children into a finite number of schools, particularly not in a province with a population growth rate as fast as that of Gauteng.

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Mud to Bricks

Authors: Conrad Barberton and Carmen Abdoll
Date: 2014-01-31

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Mud to Bricks, a publication of the Pretoria University Law Press, is a detailed review of the state of school infrastructure and government plans to address the need for infrastructural improvement. The report reveals marked under-expenditure on the Schools Infrastructure Backlogs Grant, and analysis shows that, unless the pace of implementation can be improved, the Department of Basic Education is likely to fall far short of its critical commitments.

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Trends in the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Budget Allocations for Funding NPOs

Authors: Conrad Barberton and Jonathan Carter
Date: 2005-06-16

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The 2005 budget of the Gauteng Provincial Government saw a cut of 30 per cent in allocations to NPOs. NPOs play a vital role in the provision of social services, and are heavily dependent on government funding to provide reliable services to those in need of social assistance, so a cut in allocations was devastating to all affected NPOs. Cornerstone Economic Research was commissioned by the Gauteng Welfare Forum for Social Services – set up to represent the interests of those NPOs affected by the cut - to investigate the Gauteng Provincial Governments budget and thereby gain a better understanding of what led to the cut This report takes an in-depth look at the 2005 decision, and argues against the cut.

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Guideline for Legislative Oversight through Annual Reports

Author: Conrad Barberton
Date: 2005-01-26

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Research Paper commissioned by the National Treasury on the process for using annual reports as a key oversight tool. This paper was published as a guide for debate by Parliament and provincial legislatures.  The guide discusses timelines involved in the oversight process, mechanisms that parliament and provincial legislatures can develop and the roles of various committees.

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