PARI is interested in understanding how government works as much as it is in assisting it to work better. The legacy of Apartheid means that the vast majority of South Africans are dependent on the State for key services, not least in health and in education. As long as clinics and hospitals and schools perform poorly, the struggle for social justice in South Africa is set back. PARI leverages its work on institutional dynamics in government organisations to identify and design ways of improving how organisations function. Working in partnership in with relevant officials, we have been instrumental in drawing attention to the importance of procurement and supply chain management in the performance of government as a whole.
The institute has been working with officials from National Treasury to improve supply chain management practices in the Eastern Cape Department of Health. We have worked with the office of the Chief Procurement Officer to improve SCM practices in Limpopo. PARI also partners with the Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA) to develop the sector skills plan for the public service. This plan serves to guide training courses provided to improve learning and skills in the public service. PARI is now partnering with the Cities Support Programme in the National Treasury to do long-term research in three metros to inform its strategies to improve governance and service delivery.