Public and social

From its inception, Genesis has worked across the public/private divide. This is also true at team level. We strongly believe in the same specialist teams servicing public and private sector clients. The benefits of the ensuing cross-pollination are particularly evident in our work where the market meets the state. Examples are improving sector regulation outcomes, market development strategies sponsored by the public sector, and PPP transaction advice. In all three cases our understanding of the public sector and the market improves the quality of our solutions.

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Expertise Areas

Competition Economics

We offer clients a comprehensive range of expert economic services in the area of competition law, and remain the provider of choice for most top law firms when they need to retain expert economists to advise on critical matters. Our application of rigorous economic analysis, using quantitative and conceptual approaches, has resulted in blue-chip companies across Africa routinely relying on us for expert advice and support when they interact with competition authorities.

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Monitoring and Evaluation

Genesis provides a full range of monitoring and evaluation services that include the design, review and support of M&E systems and evaluations of programmes, strategies and policies. Our aim is to inform the design, management and allocation of funds to generate better decisions and outcomes, as well as to provide greater value for money.

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HIV technical support and programming

Our team has worked on addressing the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa for the past 20 years. This work has included finding ways to prevent HIV in adults and children, as well as ways to mitigate the impact of the epidemic, especially in the era before HIV treatment became widely available.

We use the expertise developed during this time to improve the design of programmes and support programme implementation, as well as to evaluate programmes and make suggestions about how they can strengthened.

Regulatory economics

Genesis is also a leading provider of regulatory economics advice, offering the full spectrum of expert economic and regulatory accounting services to governments, regulators and private firms. We have played a central role in critical policy and regulatory debates across numerous sectors.  

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Shared value

Today a company’s relationship with society is a key determinant of its corporate value. At risk are credibility with consumers, regulatory permissions, media and investor reputation and social licence to operate. On the positive side, understanding societal need and building better relations with stakeholders can spark new models, products and revenues.

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Trade

We offer the full spectrum of expert economic support and advice in litigated and contested processes. Our diverse litigation experience enables us to provide rigorous and legally defendable analysis, advice and testimony for clients in a variety of legal processes, including damages, international trade disputes, and other arbitration and High Court proceedings.

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Projects

Evaluation of credit aid to ailing SA municipalities

Project name:
Ex-post evaluation of the sixth credit line

Service:
Monitoring and evaluation

Sector:
Public and social

Area of Expertise:
Evaluation & impact assessment

Client:
Large international donor organisation

Date:
2016

Country:
South Africa


A large international donor organisation has worked closely with a development finance institution since 1994, extending a number of credit lines aimed at uplifting historically disadvantaged people in South Africa. 

The objective of the most recent credit line was to provide finance to structurally weak municipalities in South Africa with the explicit aim of supporting the development of social infrastructure necessary for local economic development. 

Ultimately, the credit line did not achieve its stated objectives and experienced a number of challenges. Disbursement targets were not met, both in terms of the total credit line value and the amount that was required to go to the weakest municipalities.  

Genesis was contracted by the donor organisation to conduct an ex-post evaluation to understand what factors influenced the performance of the credit line, and ultimately to determine what could be improved in the design of future credit lines. 

Genesis used the OECD Development Assistance Committee’s (DAC) evaluation criteria as the guiding framework for the evaluation. In addition to the DAC criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability, Genesis also considered the additionality of the donor organisation. 

Research methods included a thorough document and data review, key informant interviews with representatives of the development finance institution as well as other organisations in the municipal finance space, and site visits to selected municipalities that received finance through the credit line.  

Since the conclusion of the evaluation, the donor and development finance institution have been in discussions on the terms of the next line of credit, to improve on the previous credit line and spend donor money in a more effective and impactful way. 

Genesis has provided regular input into the negotiation phase for the next credit line, based on the findings and recommendations from the evaluation.

Top photo: Reservoir built in Makana Municipality using the municipal infrastructure loan facility

Genesis studies why 30% of SA births go unregistered

Project name:
Implementation evaluation of the birth registration programme

Service:
Monitoring and evaluation

Sector:
Public and social

Area of Expertise:
Evaluation & impact assessment

Client:
Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa

Date:
2016

Country:
South Africa


A priority for the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is to ensure the efficient determination and safeguarding of identity and status of South African citizens. A fundamental way to achieve this is an up-to-date, reliable National Population Register (NPR) in which all births are registered in a timely manner. 

Only about 694 000 out of 1.1 million births a year in South Africa are registered. To improve this, the DHA has implemented a variety of initiatives under the Birth Registration Programme. Genesis was contracted by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) to evaluate the programme to understand why many registrations are not done within the first 30 days of birth.  

Genesis is using a systems thinking approach for this evaluation because birth registration is complex. The evaluation considers the context within which birth registration operates and how this affects the implementation of the DHA’s birth registration interventions. A theory-based evaluation approach is being used in conjunction with the systems thinking approach to better understand the DHA’s birth registration programme and its implementation. To facilitate this, Genesis is developing a theory of change for the Birth Registration Programme. It forms the basis of the evaluation’s analysis framework that is guided by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability.

Genesis is using quantitative and qualitative methods to provide evidence on the barriers to birth registration in South Africa and systematically develop recommendations on how timely birth registration can be improved. In doing so, Genesis is undertaking a rigorous literature review, conducting site observations, interviewing key informants and is engaging with the users of the birth registration system.

Throughout the evaluation, Genesis has committed to a consultative and collaborative approach. To effect this, stakeholder engagements are a priority. In line with this, the Genesis evaluation team met the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, and the deputy, Fatima Chohan, to understand the ministry’s objectives of the evaluation and what is envisioned as the key evaluation outcomes. As part of a collaborative approach and skills transfer initiative, Genesis has included four members for the DHA and one member of the DPME to take part in the evaluation. 

Financial evaluation of third National Lottery applicants

Project name:
Financial Evaluation of Third National Lottery Applicants

Service:
Damages, trade and other litigation

Sector:
Public and social
Entertainment

Client:
Minister of Trade and Industry

Date:
2014

Country:
South Africa


Every eight years the licence to operate the National Lottery is awarded to a successful bidder through a rigorous and lengthy tender process. After receiving conflicting recommendations from the Evaluation Committee and the National Lotteries Board, the Ministry of Trade and Industry brought in Genesis to conduct an independent and substantive evidence-based assessment of the financial and business models of the competing applicants. 

The purpose was to assist the minister in selecting a successful (and reserve) bidder in order to negotiate and conclude a licence, and where the rationality and reasonableness of the decision would likely be under intense scrutiny.

Genesis used its experience to distil the key features of each business and financial models, and identify quantitative measures that would enable an independent evidence-based comparison across the bids on the five different variables that formed part of the assessment criteria. This included assessing a ranking on likely sales based on capex, distribution networks, prize payouts and new game development. It also included assessing financial solvency by subjecting the financial models to different revenue scenarios. In the process Genesis developed a robust new scoring method that built on the quantitative measures of the business and financial plans, but also built on the techniques applied in other government procurement programmes (such as relative points based on relative pricing).

The Genesis assessment provided the basis for the decision by the minister to select the successful bidder. Furthermore, the Genesis report and scoring have stood up to intense scrutiny as the minister’s decision has been subject to a number of reviews by one of the unsuccessful bidders. As such, the Genesis work has also proved invaluable to the High Court judges in adjudicating the litigation.

Genesis evaluates government's evaluation system

Project name:
Evaluation of the National Evaluation System

Service:
Monitoring and evaluation

Sector:
Public and social

Area of Expertise:
Evaluation & impact assessment

Client:
South Africa’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME)

Date:
2016 - 2017

Country:
South Africa


Genesis, in partnership with UK-based IOD PARC, has been appointed by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Office of the Presidency to evaluate South Africa’s National Evaluation System.

The National Evaluation System is a key mechanism for, good governance, public accountability and service delivery through its focus on evidence-based decision making. The National Evaluation System creates the framework within which policy, project or programme-level evaluations across national departments and provinces are selected, designed, commissioned and used to inform decision making.

A core function of the National Evaluation System is to shape the evaluation agenda for South Africa, which is done in line the country’s developmental priorities.

The DPME was established in January 2010 with the National Evaluation System being a response to the problem of evaluations being conducted sporadically and not used sufficiently to inform decision making. Given the time that the system has been in existence, it is important to understand how it is working, what the key strengths and weaknesses are, and which areas need to be revised and strengthened.

The purpose of this evaluation is therefore to assess whether the system is having an impact on the government’s policies, projects and programmes – both at the provincial and national department levels. 

Genesis will use this evaluation to determine how the National Evaluation System needs to be strengthened to maximise the use of evaluations to inform learning and accountability in the South African government.

Bringing a chicken project home to roost

Project name:
Social impact strategy for the PIC on large poultry transaction

Service:
Shared value

Sector:
Public and social
Agriculture and Agribusiness

Area of Expertise:
Shared value and inclusive business strategy

Client:
Large BEE consortium

Date:
2014

Country:
South Africa


A BEE consortium had approached the PIC, the largest asset manager in Africa, to partly fund the purchase of a large poultry company.

The PIC, in line with its developmental investment strategy, wanted to ensure that the social value of the transaction was maximised. Genesis was asked to produce a social impact strategy for the transaction. 

The transaction was concluded on the basis of the independent advice provided by Genesis and the social strategy was imposed as a condition of funding. 

The approach will grow emerging farmers upstream while creating business for township distributors and spaza shops downstream.

Daybreak eyes poultry sales model in townships

Developing Mpumalanga's M&E framework

Project name:
Developing Mpumalanga's provincial monitoring and evaluation framework and system

Service:
Monitoring and evaluation

Sector:
Public and social

Client:
Office of the Premier, Mpumalanga

Date:
2014 - 2015

Country:
South Africa


The Office of the Premier in Mpumalanga required assistance in developing the province’s M&E framework. This involved setting up the framework for information flow to support evidence-based decision-making, as well as developing the indicators needed to measure progress across all 14 provincial outcomes.

In developing the M&E framework, we followed a results-based management approach. We leveraged our understanding of government processes to create a framework that provided a foundation for systematic implementation that would deliver consolidated and evidence-based reporting and decision-making.

By reflecting on national documentation and frameworks, and reviewing all existing provincial frameworks, we ensured alignment and comprehensiveness within the M&E framework. 

The M&E framework was developed in a way that sought to instil ownership and ensure usefulness and relevance for the department. In particular, it was tailored to the needs and capacity of provincial staff members, as assessed through readiness assessments, and acquired the necessary buy-in through iterative presentations and workshops.

Impact evaluation of Industrial Innovation programme

Project name:
Impact evaluation of Support Programme for Industrial Innovation

Service:
Monitoring and evaluation

Sector:
Public and social

Client:
Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency and the Department of Trade and Industry

Date:
2014

Country:
South Africa


The Department of Trade and Industry’s Support Programme for Industry Innovation (SPII) was designed to promote and assist technology development in South African industry. It provides grants for projects that develop innovative products and/or processes, specifically up to the pre-production prototype stage. Genesis was contracted to do an evaluation of SPII, to provide insight into the programme’s effectiveness and efficiency, assess its impact and determine how its impact could be strengthened.

The evaluation employed a range of analytical tools, including a probit model. It assessed the probability of success of innovations, used purposeful sampling techniques for qualitative case studies, and analysed MIS data and an online survey, as well as an expanded theory of change for the programme.

Based on the findings from the research, Genesis found that SPII played an important role in the innovation landscape in South Africa. It also has a direct impact on innovation, with potential indirect impact on long-term job creation and increased competitiveness.

The team further found that bridging the gap between the pre-production prototype and commercialisation was the greatest barrier to the success of innovations. This is particularly true in South Africa, where the venture capital market is underdeveloped and investors are often risk averse to extending support beyond pre-production prototype to pre-commercialisation.

Based on the evaluation findings, the team was able to work closely with the DTI and assist with its understanding of whether SPII should be continued and how its impact could be improved. The evaluation recommendations were realised through this iterative and collaborative process, leading to the re-launch of SPII with the expanded mandate to extend support beyond pre-production prototype to pre-commercialisation. 

Genesis won a National Evaluation Plan award for the evaluation. This was awarded on the basis of an evaluation “whose evidence contributed towards improving government performance, or which were assessed to be of good quality and have a potential to be instrumental in improving government performance”.

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Press report: http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/innovation/2015/12/15/innovation-fund-expands-support-for-local-inventors

SA cities sign up to meet 90-90-90 targets

Project name:
Fast Track Cities South Africa

Service:
Prevention

Sector:
Health
Public and social

Client:
UNAIDS

Date:
2015 - 2016

Country:
South Africa


The 90-90-90 targets assist countries to control the HIV epidemic by setting ambitious targets to get people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and ensure they are virally suppressed. Since cities around the world contain a high percentage of people living with HIV, an initiative was launched in Paris in 2015 to fast track cities’ response to HIV. 

South Africa decided, as a response to this initiative, to host a country meeting, with the aim of supporting South African municipalities to formulate their own plans to meet the 90:90:90 targets. UNAIDS contracted Genesis Analytics to support this meeting, through providing background support and facilitation at the meeting.

Nineteen municipalities were invited to the meeting, which cover almost 50% of the people living with HIV in South Africa.  These included Buffalo city, Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, Ethekwini, Johannesburg, Mangaung, Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, Emalahleni, Emfuleni, Kimberley, Mafikeng, Mbombela, Mogale, Msundunzi, Polokwane, Rustenburg, Ulundi and Umhlathuze.

Genesis used its expertise to create informative and useful municipal data sheets and a subsequent meeting report. This was done through rigorous research into each city, providing an overview of the HIV epidemic, with a focus on the response taken by the city and what the city has done to fast track the 90-90-90 targets.

Genesis was also responsible for planning and facilitating the technical meeting with officials from the municipalities, as well as supporting high-level meeting of the city mayors. The meetings produced municipal plans to address HIV and its underlying causes in all of the municipalities.

The work done at the meeting will ensure that all the major South African cities in South Africa will have a plan for dealing with HIV, for meeting the 90:90:90 targets, with support from their mayors and assisted by UNAIDS and SALGA.

TOP: Thabo Manyoni, mayor of Mangaung and chairperson of SALGA, signs the Paris declaration to end the AIDS epidemic in Mangaung.

Environmental governance in mining is evaluated

Project name:
Implementation evaluation of effectiveness of environmental governance in mining

Service:
Monitoring and evaluation

Sector:
Mining
Public and social

Area of Expertise:
Evaluation & impact assessment

Client:
Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, Department of Enviromental Affairs

Date:
2014 - 2015

Country:
South Africa


The National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) is the legislative environmental framework in South Africa. It defines the environmental management approach that should be integrated across all sectors, including mining. 

Genesis Analytics and Digby Wells Environmental were contracted by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), to conduct an implementation evaluation of environmental governance in the mining sector. The purpose was to assess the relevance and effectiveness of environmental legislation in mining and the implementation in achieving its objective.

Genesis developed a comprehensive evaluation framework based on the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria to guide the evaluation. 

The evaluation included a comprehensive literature review, interviews with relevant government stakeholders, NGOs, research institutions, legal firms, mining company representatives, industry bodies, local municipalities and four case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of the environmental governance framework (Gauteng gold mining, Northern Cape asbestos mining, Mpumalanga coal mining and North West platinum mining).

The findings and analysis of the evaluation illustrated that in theory the environmental governance framework was appropriate for promoting good environmental governance in the mining sector. However, in practice the inadequate implementation and enforcement of the framework seriously compromised its efficacy and ability to ensure environmental sustainability. 

During the course of the evaluation, the legislation and regulations governing environmental governance in mining were revised, with the intention of creating a more harmonious framework for the environmental regulation of the mining industry. 

These changes aligned in many ways with the recommendations made during the evaluation, but their full effect has yet to be determined. This confirmed the relevance of the findings of the evaluation and provided evidence to continue to support initiatives already underway to improve the environmental governance framework and its implementation.

The evaluation team worked closely with the DEA to develop recommendations that were utility-focused and aligned to the department’s current environmental governance initiatives.

As a result of this iterative and collaborative process, the evaluation report, management response and improvement plan were formally endorsed by the Cabinet on 15 February 2017. 

The implementation of the evaluation’s recommendations will be monitored in line with the improvement plan as part of the Cabinet approval process. 

Cabinet approves evaluation of mining enviromental governance 

HIV prevention strategy for the Gates Foundation

Project name:
A new HIV prevention strategy for the Gates Foundation

Service:
Prevention

Sector:
Health

Area of Expertise:
Prevention

Client:
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)

Date:
2015 – ongoing

Country:
Global


The HIV prevention field is changing rapidly as treatment becomes widely available and as new prevention technologies reach the market. The BMGF commits significant funding to healthcare and HIV, and needs to decide whether its strategic focus areas are appropriate in this changing landscape.

We are supporting the BMGF by contracting experts worldwide to answer these questions. The Imperial College, London is modelling the impact of various HIV prevention interventions and determining which combinations would have the most impact. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has also prepared various reviews and thought pieces to assist the foundation

The Health team has ensured that the approaches and recommendations used in these projects are grounded in the reality of the Southern African HIV epidemic, which is the most severe in the world. Once completed, this work will guide the investments the foundation will make. The resulting papers will also be published and made available to a wide audience of opinion leaders and policy-makers.

Plan expands water supply to 25 000 Malawians

Project name:
Feasibility study on Illovo Nchalo Water Supply and Sanitation Project

Service:
Project appraisal

Sector:
Water
Infrastructure
Climate change

Client:
Climate Resilience Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF), DFID

Date:
2015 – ongoing

Country:
Malawi


Illovo Sugar Malawi wanted to improve the water supply for Nchalo town and the communities surrounding its sugar facility, which is an area characterised as very poor and lacking in clean water and sanitation.

Nchalo is in the Chikwawa district in the southern region of Malawi within which the Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) has jurisdiction over water supply infrastructure development and operations. A feasibility study was commissioned in response to the socio-economic challenges experienced in Chikwawa-Nchalo area.

With technical support from the Climate Resilient infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF) in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a PPP between Illovo and the SRWB was established in order to address the problem of access to safe water and improved sanitation in the area. Five options for the improvement of the water supply system and sanitation facilities in the area were considered.

The Genesis team did a cost-benefit analysis that determined a financial analysis of what would be the net return to the developer, and an economic analysis of what would be a net return to surrounding communities. Genesis’s analysis first resulted in the decision to proceed with the project. Secondly, and going beyond standard analysis and reverting to the engineers to help redesign the project to expand the water network to poorer communities not part of the original design, the Genesis team increased the economic impact of the project and its value for money.

The project is now expected to benefit an additional 12 000 people in the original target area. With the expansion to outlying villages, it is expected that 25 000 additional individuals in poorer, rural villages will also benefit from the project. Importantly, this will provide water for a growing population that would otherwise not have access to clean water. Formal access to water will have multiple benefits, primarily through improved sanitation and health and time savings, with the long-term benefits expected to be even larger.

Plan for safe water in 12 Zambian border towns

Project name:
12 Border Towns Project

Service:
Project appraisal

Sector:
Water
Climate change
Infrastructure
Public and social

Client:
A DFID-funded facility managed by Adam Smith International

Date:
2014 - ongoing

Country:
Malawi
Zambia


Inadequate levels of water access and sanitation facilities can lead to the transmission of water-borne diseases across borders. This, in turn, stifles trade and other commercial and social activities within a sub-region and, at in extreme cases, can trigger cross-border conflict. 

The 12 Towns Project is an initiative aimed at providing a sustainable and equitable supply of safe water and appropriate sanitation to 12 border towns in Zambia, a country strategically and centrally located in the SADC region. Genesis was retained as the project economists for this suite of projects and carried out financial and economic appraisals for Kazungula, Chanida, Mwami, Chirundu and Siavonga border towns. Genesis provided recommendations of the appropriate allocation of the client's resources for the implementation for these projects.

By carrying out our project appraisal process, both the financial and economic justification of the separate projects was investigated. The particular focus of this project appraisal was in the project’s ability to provide climate-resilient infrastructure for the most vulnerable members of the border towns – with a particular focus on women and children. It also emphasised the project's ability to prevent transboundary conflict through better provisioning of infrastructure services. Input from our team resulted in the redesign of some of the projects to optimise their value for money and social impact in these strategic transboundary towns.

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TOP PHOTOGRAPH: Small traders at the Chirundu One-Stop Border Post. ABOVE: Trucks line up at the Chirundu One-Stop Border Post between Zambia and Zimbabwe

Plan to create 45 000 jobs in Ethiopia

Project name:
Plan to create 45 000 jobs in Ethiopia

Service:
Market systems development

Sector:
Agriculture and Agribusiness
Public and social

Area of Expertise:
Making markets work for the poor (M4P) in agriculture

Client:
A DFID programme managed by DAI Europe

Date:
2014 – ongoing

Country:
Ethiopia


Ethiopia has witnessed rapid economic growth with real gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging 10.9% between 2004 and 2014. Enterprise Partners (EP) – an M4P programme managed by DAI Europe – aims to bolster this economic growth over the next six years through integrating the poor, especially women, in sustainable economic enterprises that create jobs and improve incomes.

The programme aims to create 45 000 jobs (75% of which will be held by women) and increase the incomes of 65 000 households by at least 20% through two interrelated strategies of increasing levels of investment in growth-oriented small and medium enterprises, and increasing returns on investment (productivity) in the cotton/textiles, livestock/leather and horticulture sectors.Central to the programme achieving its objectives is increased private sector investment. 

To increase private sector investment in agriculture, the Genesis-led agro-industrial component identified that the need for a flexible and contextually appropriate approach to private sector engagement and deal structuring. This resulted in the agro-industrial implementation team adopting a more deliberate, strategic and flexible approach that enabled the development incentives that better aligned the private sector with the programme’s objectives. 

For example, in the horticulture sector, EP seeks to improve linkages between local farmers and export markets through enabling an existing market actor to deliver export facilitation services to farmers.  Genesis used its market systems analysis to develop a locally appropriate model. The model identified the Ethiopian Horticultural Exporters and Producers Association (EHEPA) and existing commercial farmers as key pilot partners, outlining the facilitation efforts required to restructure the EHEPA operations, to support commercial farmers to individually export as well as provide export facilitation services to other farmers.  

This more deliberate focus on private sector led interventions with a clear exit strategy from the onset of implementation will yield systemic and sustainable changes in EP’s target agricultural value chains, ultimately underpinning the programme’s ability to reach its objectives of supporting Ethiopia’s increased pro-poor and inclusive growth.

The project plans to increase the land under horticultural production from 12 000ha to 20 000ha and exports sales from USD56-million to USD100-million.

Enterprise Partners and Ethiopian horticulture producers sign partnership agreement to create 3000 jobs

EP EHPEA Partnership Agreement Story Covered by FanaBC on 010716

Evaluation of the Business Process Incentive Scheme

Project name:
Implementation Evaluation of the Business Process Services Incentive Scheme programme

Service:
Monitoring and evaluation

Sector:
Public and social

Client:
Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency

Date:
2012

Country:
South Africa


The Business Process Services (BPS) incentive scheme was launched by the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) in 2011 to enhance and contribute to South Africa's value proposition as a world-class outsourcing destination for international investors and service providers. 

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), as part of its mandate under the National Evaluation Plan Framework (NEPF), and in partnership with the DTI, issued a terms of reference (TOR) in August 2012 to undertake an implementation evaluation of the BPS incentive scheme. Its purpose was to investigate the extent to which the scheme was achieving its objectives of job creation and attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). The evaluation covered the scheme from its inception in January 2011 until December 2012.

Genesis developed a comprehensive evaluation framework based on the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) criteria to guide the evaluation. 

The evaluation included interviews with those running projects on the scheme, key government officials and a review of the DTI's MIS data. The evaluation found that the incentive scheme was contributing to job creation and attracting investors to South Africa. However, the evaluation made a number of recommendations for improvements. The key recommendations included retaining South Africa’s cost competitiveness, implementing a graded incentive scheme based on the company’s service offering and extending the duration of the scheme from three years to five years.

The BPS programme was revised, based on the recommendations given by Genesis and re-launched in London by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, on 14 October 2014. By that time, six companies had already been approved under the new programme. The report’s recommendations were endorsed by the cabinet on 11 February 2015. The amended incentive-scheme guidelines were published in January 2015, taking into account each of the recommendations. Genesis was subsequently awarded a National Evaluation Plan award for the evaluation. These awards are made on the basis of an evaluation “whose evidence contributed towards improving government performance, or which were assessed to be of good quality and have a potential to be instrumental in improving government performance”.

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Download the journal article: African Evaluation Journal, 2014

Areas of Service Expertise

  • Competition Economics
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • HIV technical support and programming
  • Regulatory economics
  • Shared value
  • Trade

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Evaluation of credit aid to ailing SA municipalities

A large international donor organisation contracted Genesis to conduct an ex-post evaluation to understand what factors influenced the performance of its most recent credit line to structurally weak municipalities in South Africa.

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Genesis studies why 30% of SA births go unregistered

Genesis has been contracted to evaluate the Department of Home Affairs’ birth registration programme. Despite various interventions, only 694 000 out of approximately 1.1-million births are registered per year in South Africa.

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