PARI launched a new Masters degree to the Organisational and Institutional Studies academic programme at Wits University. For 2019, PARI has accepted 8 Honours students and 6 Masters students to the multi-disciplinary degree course, based in the School of Social Sciences.
The mismanagement and corruption at Eskom has reached crisis levels, leading to sustained blackouts and a debt crisis that has the potential to cripple the entire economy. In response, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Eskom’s imminent unbundling.
Only 66% of African youth vote in elections despite youth (aged 18–35) constituting 77% of the continent’s population.
A string of elections are happening across Africa this year -- and in many of the countries that will be voting, there are concerns over the integrity of electoral institutions, with perceptions of rigging or interference being most prevalent among the youth.
The state procurement system is the major site of corruption in the state, but reforms to the procurement system itself should, we suggest, focus on enabling the state to play its intended role in supporting economic and social development.
In 2020, PARI will introduce a PhD programme to the Wits University OIS department.
Over the past few years, corruption and patronage politics have put into question not only the independence and accountability of key institutions within the criminal justice system, but also public perceptions of their legitimacy and ability to uphold constitutionalism and the rule of law in South Africa.
It is with great sadness that PARI announces the passing of Head of Administration Mpho Mohapi on Thursday, 8 August. Mpho was one of PARI’s very first employees.
There are fifteen municipalities that for the last three consecutive years have received either a disclaimer or adverse audit outcome, or have failed to submit their financial statements on time, or a combination thereof. More than thirty municipalities have achieved that dubious distinction in the last two consecutive years. This group represents a complete breakdown in good governance and municipal management and, in many cases, the misappropriation of considerable amounts of public money.
PARI, with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, co-hosted a civil society conference on 23 October titled 'Defeating State Capture and Rebuilding The State'. The conference intended to further the state capture discussion to mapping a plan of action towards a accountability, integrity and transparency in the state. PARI presented three position papers with concrete proposals for state reform in key areas.
Radically reducing corruption and patronage, establishing the official professionalism and flexibility required by the developmental state, these goals necessitate constructing a public administration that is insulated in the right sorts of ways from political interference and factionalism. #FixTheState
In December 2017, the ANC elected a new President, Cyril Ramaphosa. This event is being widely celebrated as a ‘new dawn',that is, as an opportunity to deal with the corruption and economic mismanagement and opportunity to restore the constitutional project and return government to action on the basis of sound policies.
Disturbing revelations of ‘state capture’ have brought to the surface the need to re-prioritise state reform and address a number of issues that this entails. The #AfterCapture campaign was PARI's flagship project in 2018.
In March 2018, in collaboration with the New School in New York, PARI hosted a conference in Buenos Aires titled 'Rethinkling Democracy in Africa and Latin America'.
The PARI report 'We Are Building a City: The Struggle for Self-Sufficiency in Lephalale Local Municipality' was launched on 18 April 2018.
PARI in May held a Public Service Reform Roundtable. This second-in-the-series discussion was to investigate one of the deadly side-effects of state capture in South Africa – the Life Esidimeni tragedy in which 144 people died after being transferred to ‘spaza-shop NGOs’.
The PARI report, 'Taxation and State-Society Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa' was launched on 7 June 2018.
The capacity of the state has been severely eroded. South Africa has had to grapple with a weaker economy, a continued revenue short-fall and dysfunctional State-Owned Entities that are bleeding the fiscus dry. — Civil Society Working Group on State Capture
August 19th – 27th 2018, PARI hosted a group of Masters in Public Affairs students from Brown University. The group were taken through an exciting itinerary exploring Johannesburg’s historical and political spaces to better understand South African public policy.
The similarities between apartheid-era corruption and contemporary corruption are clear, even in today’s democratic South Africa, supposedly accountable to its citizens. Corruption is old, but now wears a new face.
The State Capture and its Aftermath conference hosted some exciting speakers over 22-24 October 2018.
The circulation of the urban model referred to as gated communities challenges the understanding of contemporary urban spaces all over the world. — GAted Communities and Townhouse Complexes Workshop and Exhibition
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