Medium to longer term applied research projects
Enhanced co-operative governance in the region is essential if the GCR is to address its challenges and realise its potential. This project will entail a large intergovernmental relations conference in 2011/12, enabling a strategic conversation across all parts of government to identify key weaknesses in cross-sphere and cross-department co-operative governance.
In 2011/12 GCRO partnered with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation in a study of the state of non-racialism in South Africa today. This was the first phase of a multi-year project examining various aspects of the 'Social fabric of the GCR' (see current projects for more details)
When the World Cup was close to taking place, GCRO decided that our best contribution would be to avoid the obvious approaches dominant at the time – that the World Cup would create jobs by the thousand, re-brand and re-create South Africa’s global image on the one hand; or that it was the biggest folly imaginable, with billions spent on inevitably white elephant projects.
Dr Sizwe Phakathi was part of a team working for the Presidency to look at blockages in service delivery.
GCRO and Strategy & Tactics, supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies, have jointly commissioned a national study of civil society responses to the xenophobic violence of 2008. We are working with partners from UKZN, UWC and UJ.