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Cornerstone welcomes long term projects as we believe they are often more effective in bringing about meaningful institutional and social change. Below are some of the projects we’ve been involved in. Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit Cornerstone Economic Research, and the source where the material appears. For permission to reprint for commercial uses, such as textbooks, contact us via our contact page.

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Where is South Africa’s intergovernmental fiscal system going?

The Constitution established three “distinctive, interdependent and interrelated” spheres of government. Provincial government is one of these spheres and the provinces are responsible for performing the functions assigned to them, including education (except tertiary), health, and provincial roads. Despite being assigned these significant expenditure responsibilities, provinces have limited sources of own revenue. In 2023/24, transfers […]

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Lessons from South Africa’s experience with introducing Grade R

Research Insights No.2 From 1997 to 1999, a National ECD Pilot Project was conducted primarily in the community-based sector. It focused on Grade R and providing multi-age holistic full-day care offering protection, nutrition and education. The final report proposed that Grade R should continue to be provided in community-based settings, expanding to school settings, and […]

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Policy Implementation – Sector Funding Policy tools and guidelines, South Africa

Chapter 4.4 of the Sector Funding Policy requires national DSD, in consultation with provincial DSDs and sector role-players, to develop a Transformation Scorecard and a roll-out schedule. The aim of this assignment is to: The Sector Funding Policy and its associated tools and guidelines are yet to be finalised and approved by DSD for implementation.

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Improving South Africa’s policy on menstruation

Research Insights No.1 The South African Constitution protects the right of South African citizens to dignity, equality, health and education.i This obligates the South African government to ensure that all South Africans citizens have these rights. Menstrual health and hygiene management, if ignored, hampers the attainment of these rights. Existing international agreements and national policy […]

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Sectoral Budget Briefs, UNICEF Sri Lanka

Current project: More information will follow when completed.

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Spending Reviews, South Africa

Current project: More information will follow when completed.

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Analysis – Economic costs of violence against children, Fiji

Current project: More information will follow when completed.

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Policy Costing – Implications of the judgment on the provision of access to education for children with SPID, South Africa

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Review – Delivery of developmental social services

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