In­come study to help pol­i­cy­mak­ing, im­ple­men­ta­tion

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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.

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