The Policy > Action Network (P>AN) is hosted by the Research Use and Impact Assessment Unit (RIA) at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and is supported by the Department of Science and Technology.

P>AN supports the policy community by sourcing information on social policy with the aim of contributing to rigour in policy making and greater participation in policy processes. This site contains a range of resources including case studies, policy briefs, research reports, events info and ‘how-to’ info on getting research into policy, and getting policy into action.

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This seminar, which is part of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) Research Seminar Series, was designed to facilitate a space for engagement among various stakeholders including government, business, academics and civil society to: Reflect on the various ways in which women in mining in South Africa face challenges and experience barriers that impede the true transformation of the sector; understand the potential benefits for women in the mining project; and explore areas and opportunities to promote gender responsive policy and practice in mining.

The overall objectives were to understand and consider the research regarding the status of women in the mining sector; present best practice models in integrating gender equality into mining practices; explore policy impediments on addressing gender inequality; and highlight initiatives to promote inclusive and gender responsive investment in the mining sector. Presentations will be loaded as soon as they are available

A social audit is a community-led process of reviewing of crucial documents to determine whether the public expenditure and service delivery outcomes reported by the government really reflect the public money spent and the services received by the community. Members of the community collectively participate in a process of verifying government (or private company) documents by comparing them with the realities on the ground and the experiences of the community. Evidence collected during the audit is then reported to the responsible authorities at a public hearing. A social audit provides a way to build effective and meaningful public participation in poor and working class communities by providing a means for the community to engage with the governance processes that affect their lives. The guide can be downloaded above.

Agricultural Policy Action Plan

The Agricultural Policy Action Plan (APAP) has been reviewed to ensure that it becomes a  job driver and promotes growth and rural incomes.  The Integrated Growth and Development Policy (IGDP) serves as the sector policy, and the Agricultural Policy Action Plan (APAP) as a programmatic response to key policy documents including: the National Development Plan (NDP); the New Growth Path (NGP), the Medium Term Strategic Framework - particularly Outcomes 4, 7 and 10.

As students across the country are demanding reduced tertiary institution fees, or even the abolition of fees entirely, this opinion piece presents data on issues that are relevant to the debate. 

Discussion documents for the African National Congress (ANC) National General Council (NGC) to be held from 9-12 October 2015. The ANC website reports that it is expected to unpack amongst others, how society can participate in reviewing and fine tuning ANC policies. Comment on the documents on the ANC website here

ICT4griculture refers to the interaction between ICT and agriculture. It describes an emerging field focused on the enhancement of sustainable agriculture, food security, livestock production and rural development through improved information and communication processes. More specifically, ICT4Agriculture involves the conceptualisation, design, development, evaluation and application of innovative ways to use ICTs in the rural domain, with a primary focus on agriculture.The National ICT RDI Roadmap recognises that ICT can support enhanced agricultural production, principally by rendering support to emerging commercial farmers to improve their contribution towards increased food security and agricultural exports, as well as to mitigate environmental impact. This seminar is taking place on 28 September 2015 and is aimed at researchers, policymakers, practitioners.To register for the seminar submit the attached registration form to Ms. Carolina Roscigno  (Email  Fax 086 657 4835) or Ms.Lydia Flusk (Email  Fax 086 657 4835).

To contribute toward meeting global challenges around nutrition, the Global Nutrition Report seeks to monitor progress, accelerate nutrition action, and enhance accountability. Specifically, the report shows that if we are to build on existing successes certain key actions are necessary. Momentum for nutrition improvement is growing stronger at global and national levels. This commitment must be locked in for the future, multiplied exponentially, and converted into roal orientated activities.  declines. The Global Nutrition Report 2015 is driven by this imperative. The data and analysis in the report lead to six key messages and ten calls to action. Note supplementary online materials at the beginning of the report including indicators from UN member countries

The theme of the seminar was to address one of the World Social Science Forum's (WSSF) key areas of concern, and to cut across many disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Discussions on terrorism and new militarism at the seminar include among thers, terrorist and counter terrorist attacks, state sponsored terrorism, terrorism against civilians, state violence against nascent popular democracy movements, human rights violations, etc. Therefore the aims of this seminar were to: 

  • To draw attention to the WSSF and its core theme, Transforming global relations for a just world, and to expand the WSSF’s impact, given the event’s exclusivity and limitations of access.
  • To provide an avenue for academic researchers and especially postgraduate students, including those from rural-based universities, to engage in discussions and   exchange knowledge across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.
  • To present and discuss new and ongoing research and suggest new research agendas in SSH with a view of forging closer links between the research communities in these fields.
  • To  disseminate research findings and transmit a body of new knowledge through interactive dialogue between top level experts in the field, academics,   postgraduate students and members of civil society.
  • To  promote interdisciplinary research and enhance wider public understanding of and interest in the social sciences, including the value and status of both   individual and team-based research.
  • To  facilitate networking, the exchange of information, and an exhibition of  scholarly materials and publications

Presentations and the seminar programme can be downloaded above.

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This concept note from the Parliament of Kenya proposes the formation of the Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-making, an informal network whose membership will comprise of members of both the National Assembly and the Senate who are committed to promoting responsible governance through evidence-informed oversight. The Caucus is unique in terms of its goal and expected deliverables as it aims to provide a structured platform to enable parliamentarians share experiences and work together to promote an evidence-informed culture in their work.

This seminar on rural democracy in the Eastern Cape aimed to provide a forum for the various stakeholders to engage constructively on pertinent questions related to the issues of traditional leadership, democracy, and land, and the policy implications these possibly have. Using the case of the Xhalanga District and the role that research played in the court judgement mentioned above, issues that could possibly be addressed include the following:

  • What are the policy implications of the court judgement, especially given the fact that there are already in office headmen who were not elected; what becomes of these headmen?
  • If headmen are elected, what become of municipal councillors who are also elected?
  • Are we heading for a situation of "two bulls in one kraal", if so, how do we deal with the spill over that result from this?