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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 use, such as in textbooks, please contact us.

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PER – NPO and social welfare registration processes, South Africa

This project formed part of a broader initiative to understand the planning, implementation and financing dynamics of some 40 government policies. The overall aim was to provide: Cornerstone followed the PER methodology, developed by National Treasury (GTAC), to carry out this project. Key insights The current model of welfare delivery is to use NPOs to […]

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Policy Research – Resourcing violence prevention, South Africa

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 limited funds to buy various public services. As in a household, priorities […]

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Cost Analysis – Budgets and Bricks, South Africa

A review of the Gauteng Department of Education’s progress made to date with respect to building plans for new schools across the province.

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PER – In-service training of teachers, South Africa

Developing a costing tool that explored efficiencies in the implementation of the newly developed INSET policy

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Policy Costing – Costing the Public Libraries and Information Services Bill, South Africa

The national Department of Arts and Culture drafted the South African Public Library and Information Services Bill, 2012. The Bill aimed to – In terms of Schedule 5 Part A of the Constitution, the public libraries function is a provincial function. The Bill sought to provide a framework for measures to maintain essential national standards […]

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Policy Research – Decentralisation, Maldives

The Maldives began to implement a decentralisation process in the 1990s, with constitutional and political reforms. The Decentralization Act was passed in 2010, formalising the roles and responsibilities of the Atoll and Island councils. The transfer of authority and responsibilities to the Island councils was uneven, with some functions being decentralised while others continue to […]

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Cost Analysis – Mud to Bricks, South Africa

A review of school infrastructure spending and delivery In this report we examine the demand for school infrastructure, the level of spending and delivery with a particular focus on the School Infrastructure Backlogs Grant (SIBG) – a national conditional grant for addressing inappropriate school structures.

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Policy Research – Efficient allocation of functions, Lesotho

Following the Lesotho general election in May 2012, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning was split to form two separate ministries: the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Development Planning. To facilitate the successful separation, the Government of Lesotho commissioned a study to determine the most efficient allocation of functions between the two […]

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Policy Research – Processes for financing public education, South Africa

This paper was prepared for the International Budget Partnership. Civil society organisations in the public basic education space, wishing to influence finance allocations to education, had asked questions regarding what budget and expenditure information is available that related to the public basic (school) education function in South Africa. The paper aimed to assist these organisations […]

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