Purpose of the Programme

 

•    Initiate, undertake, manage, support and/or commission population related research in consultation with relevant stakeholders, to support the implementation of the Population Policy and the integration of population factors into planning and service delivery.
•    To monitor and evaluate Population Policy implementation.
•    Advocacy and IEC to support population and development programme development, promoting awareness and understanding of population and development issues
•    Provide appropriate guidance, training and capacity building to assist provincial and local government and civil society to enhance their expertise in analysing the linkages between demographic variables (population trends) and their policies and programmes.

Policy Mandates
•    Population Policy for South Africa
•    NCPGDS
•    Millennium Development Goals
•    ICPD

 


Situational Analysis

•    The Strategic plan of the Directorate:  Population Development is within the framework of the Population Policy for South Africa (1998),
•    The focus of the previous five-years was on:

 

          o    Advocacy of the Population Policy;

o    Advocacy of the functions of the Directorate;

o    Establishing partnership with district and local municipalities, for integration of population development issues and concerns into their IDPs

o    Research (both primary and secondary)

 

•    Research remains the main focus area, although the focus for advocacy has shifted to capacity building (to train and capacitate policy makers and planners to utilize demographic information for planning). Capacity building will be done through workshops illustrating how planners should use demographic and population development information to plan for communities. These Capacity Building workshops will be aimed at planners at government and Local Government level, provincially and in all Districts. Capacity Building will also focus on integrating population, development and environmental factors when planning. Capacity of staff within the Directorate Population Development will be developed in order to provide training to planners. In line with this more population and demographic trends will be analyzed to provide demographic information for planning. Demographic, socio-economic and population development information will also be mapped so that managers and planners can do spatial planning. The empowerment of policy makers with knowledge regarding population and population-related development relationships as well as the use of population data to formulate and implement more effective and community driven development plans and programs is a priority for the next five years.
•    Research will be focus more on population development concerns and issues and research projects will be prioritized according to importance and human and financial resources available.
•    The following will be reported on;

 

o    Number of demographic profiles completed

o    Number of research reports completed and information disseminated

o    Number of maps of services, population data etc.

o    Number of Capacity building training workshops conducted

o    Number of Advocacy, IEC activities implemented to support population policy implementation

o    Number of Advocacy materials and items

o    Utilization of resource centre

 


•    The Directorate will not be reporting on number of stakeholders attending advocacy and capacity sessions since our focus is not on the number of stakeholders attending, but the quality, effectives and frequency of engagements.
•    In relation to the resource centre the focus will be on the effective utilization of resource centre to enhance development and planning in the working environment and not so much on the number of materials we are able to procure.

 


Analysis of constraints and measures planned to overcome them

•    In accordance with the Population Policy the function is only operating from a Provincial level.  Distances and therefore traveling is costly and time consuming.  Programs and projects will be managed cost effectively.
•    The demand for research from stakeholders. Volunteers will be selected and trained to conduct field work in the districts, with the Directorate doing quality control of fieldwork. Research will be prioritized according to importance and human and financial resources.
•    The demand for demographic analysis of population development data.  Additional staff will be trained for population projections and demographic analysis.

 


Description of planned quality improvement measures

In order to ensure the credibility of research conducted, a consultant is appointed for Quality Control purposes.  This quality control is executed for every research project conducted.

Resource Consideration


The Directorate will be overspending ±R3million in the financial year 2010-11 due to the nature of the Balelapa/War on Poverty projects. There will also be a budget shortfall in 2011-12.

Risk Management


•    In accordance with the Population Policy the function is only operating from a Provincial level.  Distances and therefore traveling is costly and time consuming.  Programs and projects will be managed cost effectively.
•    The demand for research from stakeholders. Volunteers will be selected and trained to conduct field work in the districts, with the Directorate doing quality control of fieldwork. Research will be prioritized according to importance and human and financial resources.
•    The demand for demographic analysis of population development data.  Additional staff will be trained for population projections and demographic analysis.

War on Poverty

The War on Poverty Campaign heralds a new approach in how the three spheres of government and its social partners in South Africa will fight poverty from 2009 onwards. Amongst other things the effective implementation of the program will assist in;

•    The identification of needy households for planning purposes, to develop strategies to alleviate poverty and improve service delivery
•    Integration of services between departments and spheres of government
•    Informed planning, budgeting, decision-making by all government departments 

 

Strategic Goal

  • To bring about changes in the determinants of the country’s population trends, so that these trends are consistent with the achievement of sustainable human development.

Outcome

  • A long and healthy life for all South Africans

Strategic Objective

  • To provide  updated demographic and population related data and research to managers for planning

Objective Statement

  • To conduct population and development research in order to promote integrated planning (research)
  • To analyse and interpret demographic, social and economic data for the Northern Cape to inform planning (Demographic Analysis)
  • To map projects, programs and services, as well as research findings to inform planning (Mapping)

Baseline

  • Research reports completed
  • 4 Demographic analysis reports completed
  • 12 Maps completed for spatial planning

Justification

  • The availability of reliable and up-to-date information on the population and human development situation in the province in order to inform policy making and program design , implementation, monitoring and evaluation at all levels and in all sectors.

Links

  • Strengthening commitment to and enhancing provincial capacities and mechanisms for collection, analysis and interpretation and dissemination of population data and information, including data and information on all aspects of human development, and use of such data and information to inform policy making and development planning is of vital importance for successful program and project implementation.

 

 

 

Strategic Goal

  • To bring about changes in the determinants of the country’s population trends, so that these trends are consistent with the achievement of sustainable human development.

Outcome

  • A long and healthy life for all South Africans

Strategic Objective

  • To advocate and capacitate stakeholders on Population Development

Objective Statement

  • To conduct population and development research in order to promote integrated planning (research)
  • To analyse and interpret demographic, social and economic data for the Northern Cape to inform planning (Demographic Analysis)
  • To map projects, programs and services, as well as research findings to inform planning (Mapping)

Baseline

  • Conducted 5 Capacity building sessions
  • Conducted 5 advocacy sessions

Justification

  • Conducted 5 Capacity building sessions

Links

  • The systematic integration of population factors into all policies, plans, programs and strategies at all levels and within all sectors of institutions and government;
  • Developing and implementing a co-ordinated, multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary and integrated approach in designing and executing programs and interventions that impact on major population concerns.

 

 

Strategic Goal

  • To contribute towards the alleviation of poverty by coordinating and rendering integrated

 

Outcome

  • A long and healthy life for all South Africans

Strategic Objective

  • To develop, implement and co ordinate integrated services to poor households utilising social research in line with the WOP Campaign

Objective Statement

  • To deliver integrated public services to all needy households in terms of the target as set out for the next five years (53 741)

Baseline

  • Profile 4 665 households from the most deprived wards.

Justification

  • In order to render accurate services to needy families information should be evidence based.

Links

  • The overriding function of all government is to render integrated services to its citizens in general and to the most vulnerable in particular.