Securing a Home Working Papers

TurningOfftheTapThis paper looks at the City of Johannesburg’s March 2017 decision to withdraw the universal provision of free basic water and its implications for the poor and their right of access to sufficient water. Since July 2017 only households registered as indigent can access 6 kilolitres of free basic water per month, the basic minimum as stipulated in national policy and legislation. The paper reviews policy and legislation regarding the provision of free basic water services in South Africa and summarises international lessons about narrow versus universal provision of social benefits. The paper concludes that the City should reconsider its decision to withdraw the universal provision of free basic water as it constitutes an unreasonable, regressive step in the realisation of the right to sufficient water. 

This paper provides a human rights analysis of the right to housing in South Africa, first reviewing the legal, policy and functional frameworks governing housing, before undertaking a rights-based fault-line analysis of the systemic problems. The paper focuses on urban and peri-urban areas. It is part of a series of papers commissioned by the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) in terms of which scholars and experts examine how far the realisation of socio-economic rights have advanced in South Africa. The paper was written by Jackie Dugard, with Michael Clark, Kate Tissington and Stuart Wilson.

This paper assesses the situation pertaining to basic water services in South Africa, first reviewing the legal, policy and functional frameworks, before undertaking a rights-based fault-line analysis of the systemic problems. It is part of a series of papers commissioned by the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) in terms of which scholars and experts examine how far the realisation of socio-economic rights have advanced in South Africa. The paper was written by Jackie Dugard.

This paper assesses the situation pertaining to basic sanitation services in South Africa by reviewing the legal, policy and functional frameworks, and undertaking a rights-based fault-line analysis of the systemic problems. It is part of a series of papers commissioned by the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) in terms of which scholars and experts examine how far the realisation of socio-economic rights have advanced in South Africa. The paper was written by Jackie Dugard.

 

This working paper was initially prepared by SERI for the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) as part of a larger project funded by the Ford Foundation. To read the CDE report entitled “Learning to Listen: Communicating The Value of Urbanisation and Informal Settlement Upgrading” see here. This working paper provides an up-to-date overview of the current landscape with regard to informal settlement upgrading in South Africa, particularly the linkages between informal settlement upgrading, livelihood creation, informal sector development and economic opportunity generation. The paper was written by Kate Tissington.

This Occasional Paper was prepared for the Municipal Services Project (MSP). The paper examines and draws lessons from water campaigns’ legal strategies around the world, some of which have transformed national laws and banned private provision, while others were partial victories. The paper looks at six cases of citizen-backed referenda and litigation, offering a comparative and global perspective. This paper was written by Jackie Dugard and Kay Drage.

This working paper presents a number of findings from ongoing research conducted by SERI on informal settlement upgrading and access to well-located land for the poor in South African cities. Specifically, this paper provides a detailed case study on Slovo Park informal settlement in Johannesburg, and the numerous attempts made by the Slovo Park Community Development Forum (SPCDF) to bring about upgrading and development at the settlement over the past 17 years. This working paper was written by Kate Tissington.

In 2010, SERI was approached by the Studies on Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) to undertake a review of housing policy in South Africa since 1994. This research formed part of a broader SPII research project to compile a measurement matrix of progressive realisation of the socio-economic rights enshrined in the South African Constitution.

 

Making a Living Working Papers

This working paper was initially prepared by SERI for the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) as part of a larger project funded by the Ford Foundation. To read the CDE report entitled “Learning to Listen: Communicating The Value of Urbanisation and Informal Settlement Upgrading” see here. This working paper provides an up-to-date overview of the current landscape with regard to informal settlement upgrading in South Africa, particularly the linkages between informal settlement upgrading, livelihood creation, informal sector development and economic opportunity generation. The paper was written by Kate Tissington.

 

Expanding Political Space Working Papers

ParalegalThis paper was prepared for The Justice and Development Working Paper Series. It examines the role of paralegals in providing a crucial link to justice services and legal redress in South Africa, particularly for the rural poor. The paper begins with a historical overview of paralegal services in South Africa from the apartheid period to the present. The study then maps the current state of the paralegal sector, and provides detailed information on the structure and function of key organizations that provide paralegal services. Through an analysis of twelve case studies of paralegal-assisted cases, the report identifies facilitating and hindering determinants of community advice office (CAO) functions at both the institutional and organization level. This working paper was written by Jackie Dugard and Kay Drage.