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Research Strategy

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The Five Year Research Strategy sets out in broad terms how the Financial and Fiscal Commission will attain its stated 2008 vision of enhancing the developmental impact of public resources through the financial and fiscal system in South Africa.

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RESEARCH PROJECTS

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2011-2012

THEMATIC FOCUS

RESEARCH PROJECTS

The following project concepts underpin these broad themes for the Commission’s work plan for 2011/12:

  • Large Scale Model for Policy Analysis in South Africa
  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Growth in South Africa
  • Measuring Municipal Fiscal Capacity
  • Estimating the Costs of Municipal Services
  • Assessing Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Local Government Sphere in South Africa
  • The Impact of Climate Change on the Agriculture Sector, Water and Food Security in Rural South Africa
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Capacity Challenges at Local Government
  • Alternative Service Delivery Arrangements: The Case of SPVs
  • An Evaluation of Sustainability and Fiscal Burden in the Current Human Settlements Delivery System in South Africa
  • Evaluation of Public Transport Operating Subsidies in South Africa
  • The Impact of No Fee Schools Policy on Equity, Funding and Learner Performance
  • Budget Reforms of the Health Conditional Grants and Strengthening of Health Performance
  • Identifying Gaps and Progress Made with Government Outcomes: A Spatial Approach

2010-2011

2009-2010 

2013/14 reseach

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Research projects 2013-2014 (91Kb)

 The following project concepts underpin the theme for the Commission's work plan for 2013/14: 

  • Public Indebtedness and Consolidation in Dynamic CGE Model
  • A Re-Assessment of Social Spending Fiscal Sustainability Using a New Propensity Score Matching-CGE – Microsimulation Technique
  • The Role of National State-owned Companies in Driving Infrastructure Development through the IGFR System
  • Experience with Equitable Sharing for Progressive Realisation of Access to Basic Services and Poverty Reduction
  • Performance Effects of PES Allocations
  • PES Reform Discussion
  • Towards Harnessing Informality into Human Settlements Delivery: Aligning Informal Housing Finance with Subsidy Provision
  • Understanding the Demand for Housing in South Africa
  • The Design of Public Transport Operating Subsidies
  • Fiscal and Financial Implications of Food Security
  • Is Public Health Care Under-Funded in South Africa?
  • Identifying the Funding Constraints in Municipal Capital Investments in South Africa's Fiscal Transfers within the Social Sector
  • Costing of Municipal Services
  • The Impact of Electricity Price Increases on Municipalities
  • Demarcation and Financial Viability of Municipalities

2012/13 research

Research projects 2012-2013(69Kb)

The following project concepts underpin the theme for the Commission's work plan for 2012/13:

  • Analysing Child Support Grants Using Economy-wide Models
  • Framework and Tools for Understanding Green Job Creation in South Africa
  • Budget Consolidation in South Africa: A Disaggregated Approach
  • The Effects of Social Spending on Economic Activity in South Africa
  • Short-term Forecasting Model for South Africa
  • Dynamics and Implications of Provincial Personnel Expenditure on Service Delivery
  • Harnessing Informality into the Main Stream of Humans Settlements Delivery in South Africa
  • Evaluation of Public Transport Operating Subsidies in South Africa
  • Devolution and Delivery of Transport Infrastructure: Intergovernmental Implications for Municipalities 
  • An Integrated Planning Approach to Delivery of School Infrastructure
  • Intergovernmental Dynamics of Sub-national Government Budget Gaps and Implications for South Africa’s Fiscal Health
  • An Outcomes Based Approach to Service Delivery in a Decentralized System of Government
  • Conditional Grant Performance Assessment
  • Incentives for Rewarding Performance in the Public Sector
  • Challenges, Constraints and Best Practices in Rehabilitating Water and Electricity Distribution Infrastructure
  • Understanding the Dynamics of the Tax Bases of Rural Municipalities and the Constraints in Raising Revenue in these Areas
  • Determinants of Performance of Municipalities in South Africa: A Cross Sectional Analysis
  • Public Hearings on Housing and Local Government Fiscal Framework
  • Budget Reforms of the Health Conditional Grants and Strengthening of Health Performance
  • The Impact of No Fee Schools Policy on Equity, Funding and Learner Performance
  • Identifying Gaps and Progress Made with Government Outcomes: A Spatial Approach
  • Fiscal Rules and Long Term Modelling
  • Role of Provincial Governments in Meeting National Priorities
  • Revisions to the Division of Revenue Project
  • Impact of Unfunded Mandates
  • Submission on Legislation/Policy
  • The Role of Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations (IGFR) in Innovation Financing in South Africa
  • Analysing Public Economics of Corruption
  • Fiscal Distress Indices

 

2011/12 Research

Research Projects 2011-2012(118Kb)

The following project concepts underpin the theme for the Commission's work plan for 2011/12:

  • Large Scale Model for Policy Analysis in South Africa
  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Growth in South Africa
  • Local Government Fiscal Framework
  • Assessing Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Local Government Sphere in South Africa
  • The Impact of Climate Change on the Agriculture Sector, Water and Food Security in Rural South Africa
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Capacity Challenges at Local Government
  • Alternative Service Delivery Arrangements: The Case of SPVs
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Housing Finance in South Africa
  • Evaluation of Public Transport Operating Subsidies in South Africa
  • The Impact of No Fee Schools Policy on Equity, Funding and Learner Performance
  • Budget Reforms of the Health Conditional Grants and Strengthening of Health Performance
  • Identifying Gaps and Progress Made with Government Outcomes: A Spatial Approach
  • Provision and Financing of Skills Development in South Africa

 

2009/10 Research 

Research Projects 2009-2010 (224Kb)

The following project concepts underpin the theme for the Commission's work plan for 2009/10:

  • Review of the Local Government Equitable Share Formula
  • The Efficiency of Regionalising Electricity Distribution Services
  • Improving Revenue Enhancement Strategies for Local Government in South Africa
  • Budget Analysis of Local Governments
  • Budget Analysis of Provincial Governments
  • Options for Institutionalizing and Funding Rural Development
  • Determining Adequate Levels of Funding for Basic Education/Schooling
  • Performance of Public Hospitals: An Evaluation of NHI Policy Proposal
  • Environmental Related Impacts and Fiscal Policy in South Africa
  • The Performance of Conditional Fiscal Transfers in the South African Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations System

 

2008/09 Research

 The Commission adopted its new Five Year Research Strategy 2009/2014 in 2009 and approved the continuance of some projects from the preceding work cycle:

CONTINUING PROJECTS FROM 2008/09

  • Review of the Provincial Equitable Share Formula
  • Public infrastructure, Economic Effects and Division of Revenue
  • Impacts of Public Spending in Education Sector on Growth and Poverty reduction
  • Assessing the Performance of Local Government Capacity Building Programs and Grants in South Africa
  • Quantifying Efficiency and Equity Effects of Social Grants (and proposed Social Security Reform) in South Africa

 

Research Projects

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Please click on the year button below to see the research for that period

2015/16 Research Projects

Research projects 2015-2016 (15Kb)

The following project concepts underpin the theme for the Commission's work plan for 2015/16:

  • Socio-Economic and Policy Context: Rural Development and IGFR Instruments
  • Defining Rural Areas and Rural Development for South Africa
  • The Model of Rural Development Underpinning FFC Recommendations
  • Rural Economy and National Government Initiatives for Rural Development
  • National Land Reform Programs and Rural Development
  • Public Employment Programs and Rural Development
  • Provincial Own Revenue Mobilisation for Rural Development
  • Provincial Equitable Share and Conditional Grants for Rural Development
  • Increasing Rural Local Municipalities Responsibilities: Farm Evictions
  • The Funding Model for Rural Local Municipalities
  • Developing Rural Municipalities Own Revenue Sources
  • The Adequacy of Local Equitable Share
  • The Effective Use of LES and Conditional Grants
  • The Financing and Expenditure of District Municipalities
  • Funding Sanitation in Rural Areas
  • Development Finance Institutions and Rural Development
  • State Owned Entities and Rural Development

2013/14 Research Projects

Research projects 2013-2014 (91Kb)

 The following project concepts underpin the theme for the Commission's work plan for 2013/14: 

  • Public Indebtedness and Consolidation in Dynamic CGE Model
  • A Re-Assessment of Social Spending Fiscal Sustainability Using a New Propensity Score Matching-CGE – Microsimulation Technique
  • The Role of National State-owned Companies in Driving Infrastructure Development through the IGFR System
  • Experience with Equitable Sharing for Progressive Realisation of Access to Basic Services and Poverty Reduction
  • Performance Effects of PES Allocations
  • PES Reform Discussion
  • Towards Harnessing Informality into Human Settlements Delivery: Aligning Informal Housing Finance with Subsidy Provision
  • Understanding the Demand for Housing in South Africa
  • The Design of Public Transport Operating Subsidies
  • Fiscal and Financial Implications of Food Security
  • Is Public Health Care Under-Funded in South Africa?
  • Identifying the Funding Constraints in Municipal Capital Investments in South Africa's Fiscal Transfers within the Social Sector
  • Costing of Municipal Services
  • The Impact of Electricity Price Increases on Municipalities
  • Demarcation and Financial Viability of Municipalities

2012/13 Research Projects

Research projects 2012-2013(69Kb)

The following project concepts underpin the theme for the Commission's work plan for 2012/13:

  • Analysing Child Support Grants Using Economy-wide Models
  • Framework and Tools for Understanding Green Job Creation in South Africa
  • Budget Consolidation in South Africa: A Disaggregated Approach
  • The Effects of Social Spending on Economic Activity in South Africa
  • Short-term Forecasting Model for South Africa
  • Dynamics and Implications of Provincial Personnel Expenditure on Service Delivery
  • Harnessing Informality into the Main Stream of Humans Settlements Delivery in South Africa
  • Evaluation of Public Transport Operating Subsidies in South Africa
  • Devolution and Delivery of Transport Infrastructure: Intergovernmental Implications for Municipalities 
  • An Integrated Planning Approach to Delivery of School Infrastructure
  • Intergovernmental Dynamics of Sub-national Government Budget Gaps and Implications for South Africa’s Fiscal Health
  • An Outcomes Based Approach to Service Delivery in a Decentralized System of Government
  • Conditional Grant Performance Assessment
  • Incentives for Rewarding Performance in the Public Sector
  • Challenges, Constraints and Best Practices in Rehabilitating Water and Electricity Distribution Infrastructure
  • Understanding the Dynamics of the Tax Bases of Rural Municipalities and the Constraints in Raising Revenue in these Areas
  • Determinants of Performance of Municipalities in South Africa: A Cross Sectional Analysis
  • Public Hearings on Housing and Local Government Fiscal Framework
  • Budget Reforms of the Health Conditional Grants and Strengthening of Health Performance
  • The Impact of No Fee Schools Policy on Equity, Funding and Learner Performance
  • Identifying Gaps and Progress Made with Government Outcomes: A Spatial Approach
  • Fiscal Rules and Long Term Modelling
  • Role of Provincial Governments in Meeting National Priorities
  • Revisions to the Division of Revenue Project
  • Impact of Unfunded Mandates
  • Submission on Legislation/Policy
  • The Role of Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations (IGFR) in Innovation Financing in South Africa
  • Analysing Public Economics of Corruption
  • Fiscal Distress Indices

2011/12 Research Projects

Research Projects 2011-2012(118Kb)

The following project concepts underpin the theme for the Commission's work plan for 2011/12:

  • Large Scale Model for Policy Analysis in South Africa
  • Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Growth in South Africa
  • Local Government Fiscal Framework
  • Assessing Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Local Government Sphere in South Africa
  • The Impact of Climate Change on the Agriculture Sector, Water and Food Security in Rural South Africa
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Capacity Challenges at Local Government
  • Alternative Service Delivery Arrangements: The Case of SPVs
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Housing Finance in South Africa
  • Evaluation of Public Transport Operating Subsidies in South Africa
  • The Impact of No Fee Schools Policy on Equity, Funding and Learner Performance
  • Budget Reforms of the Health Conditional Grants and Strengthening of Health Performance
  • Identifying Gaps and Progress Made with Government Outcomes: A Spatial Approach
  • Provision and Financing of Skills Development in South Africa

2009/10 Research Projects

Research Projects 2009-2010(224Kb)

The following project concepts underpin the theme for the Commission's work plan for 2009/10:

  • Review of the Local Government Equitable Share Formula
  • The Efficiency of Regionalising Electricity Distribution Services
  • Improving Revenue Enhancement Strategies for Local Government in South Africa
  • Budget Analysis of Local Governments
  • Budget Analysis of Provincial Governments
  • Options for Institutionalizing and Funding Rural Development
  • Determining Adequate Levels of Funding for Basic Education/Schooling
  • Performance of Public Hospitals: An Evaluation of NHI Policy Proposal
  • Environmental Related Impacts and Fiscal Policy in South Africa
  • The Performance of Conditional Fiscal Transfers in the South African Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations System

2008/09 Research Projects

 The Commission adopted its new Five Year Research Strategy 2009/2014 in 2009 and approved the continuance of some projects from the preceding work cycle:

CONTINUING PROJECTS FROM 2008/09

  • Review of the Provincial Equitable Share Formula
  • Public infrastructure, Economic Effects and Division of Revenue
  • Impacts of Public Spending in Education Sector on Growth and Poverty reduction
  • Assessing the Performance of Local Government Capacity Building Programs and Grants in South Africa
  • Quantifying Efficiency and Equity Effects of Social Grants (and proposed Social Security Reform) in South Africa

 

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