Research has an increasingly active role to play in DFID’s efforts to reduce poverty at the country level. However, the in-country research landscape that DFID operates in is often little understood. In response, DFID has published series of research mapping studies in India, Afghanistan and Pakistan respectively. Building on the experience of research mapping in South Asia, this project has provided the opportunity to design and commission a similar mapping exercise in South Africa.
This report is presented in two parts: Part I includes a mapping exercise that describes and analyses the social science research landscape in South Africa. Part II presents an analysis of the political economy of the commissioning, undertaking and dissemination of research in South Africa to address gaps in knowledge production. The study focuses on social science research and evaluation with a closer assessment of the health and environment/climate sectors. An Executive Summary is also available.
A key product of the project is a database of prominent research centres working within the social sciences and evaluation, health and climate and environment.
Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST). Mapping Social Sciences Research in South Africa. Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa (2014) 87 + 64 pp.