Income study to help policymaking, implementation
MORE than two decades after democracy, a majority of South Africans have access to education and basic services such as water, electricity, and health. Despite this, many remain stuck in income poverty.
Understanding why and providing insights on improvement is one of the driving forces behind the National Income Dynamics Study (Nids), a countrywide, decade-long study embarking on a fifth wave of data collection.
Nids is an initiative of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, implemented by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at UCT. It is one of just a handful of such studies around the world that gathers information on the lives of their citizens – of all ages and population groups – over a period of time.
Samantha Richmond, Nids senior operations manager, said: “Nids has been following the same 28 000 South Africans, every two years since it was first implemented in 2008.
“This gives us a clearer picture of those who are getting ahead or falling behind, and exploring the reasons.
By providing unique insights, the study aims to facilitate evidence-based policymaking as well as contribute to the monitoring of policy implementation and to hold the government accountable.” Data should be ready for presentation in September.