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Research outputs: CAPACITY BUILDING

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2022 Municipal skills and capacity assessment study: views from municipal officials at eight South African municipalities

There are growing concerns over the capability of the state to deliver services to its constituents. The National Development Plan (NDP) ide...

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2022 Synthesis evaluation of state capacity with a special focus on directors-general and heads of department: final report

The Presidency commissioned the Developmental, Capable, and Ethical State (DCES) division of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to c...

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2021 An indelible African footprint: the story of the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA)

This chapter provides a brief historical narrative of the development of AISA and its contribution to knowledge production, information shar...

2021 Governing river rehabilitation projects for transformative capacity development

River rehabilitation projects are framed as water security interventions in South Africa. They aim to address water quality and water quanti...