News & Insights - 2017


Private investors to build 23,000-bed hostels in public varsities

Three public universities in Kenya are set to expand student accommodation by more than 23,400 beds after the Treasury approved their requests to let private investors build hostels.

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Premier asks Genesis to investigate lifestyle diseases in Gauteng

Genesis Analytics has been appointed by the Office of the Premier in Gauteng to understand the social, economic and financial impacts of lifestyle diseases in the province.

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Genesis study finds 96% of transactions by SA’s 1.5m informal enterprises are made in cash

More than 51 percent of South Africa’s informal enterprises have encountered strong customer interest in paying by card, yet around 90 percent of them continue to run as cash-only businesses, according to a Genesis study done for Mastercard.

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Genesis to develop HIV and TB comms strategy to improve prevention and care

Genesis Analytics has been asked to develop an HIV and TB communication strategy for the South African Department of Health (DoH) to improve care and prevention.

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Competition Commission asks Genesis to probe school uniform prices

Genesis has been appointed by the Competition Commission to assess the pricing practices of the school uniform retailers in South Africa. 

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Gates Foundation employs Genesis to support revitalisation of HIV prevention plan

Genesis Analytics has been awarded a second contract by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support its work in HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa, the region most affected by the HIV epidemic.

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Genesis to study impact of climate-smart agri models across five countries

Genesis, in partnership with The Springfield Centre, has been appointed to conduct an impact analysis of climate-smart innovation models that have been rolled out across five countries.

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Genesis takes lead in evaluation of Phase 1 of National Health Insurance pilots

Genesis Analytics is the lead partner in a consortium that has been appointed to undertake an independent evaluation of the health systems strengthening interventions in pilot districts in Phase 1 of the implementation of National Health Insurance.

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Our analyst wins SAMEA's Young and Emerging Evaluator Award

Genesis staffer Ashleigh Fynn won the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association's Young and Emerging Evaluator (YEE) Award at their conference in Joburg in October 2017.

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Lessons on how rural youth can be supported in finding work

Noel Verrinder, manager in the Evaluation for Development practice at Genesis Analytics, presented on a webinar to share lessons on how rural youth can be supported to harness opportunities, expand their enterprises or find employment. 

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Gap in the market is an innovation challenge for SA payments system

SA’s payment system has achieved great things but innovation is constrained due to a huge gap in the market, according to a partner at Genesis Analytics, Richard Ketley.

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Genesis staffer highlights central role of trade in Africa's development

Sibulele Walaza, assistant manager in the Business Development Unit at Genesis Analytics, has contributed a chapter to a book titled From MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals: The Travails of International Development, which was launched in September at the University of Pretoria.

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Third report card launched on current state of SA infrastructure

Malcolm Pautz, from Genesis Analytics, convened the third Infrastructure Report Card (IRC 2017), which was launched by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) in September.

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Genesis looks at impact of new Liquor Bill for Nedlac

Genesis Analytics was contracted by Nedlac to undertake an independent assessment of the economic, health and social impact of the proposed amendments to the Liquor Amendment Bill. 

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70% of South Africans support sugar tax - Genesis study

Three out of four adult South Africans believe that government is doing the right thing when it makes and enforces policy to discourage the consumption of sugary beverages and junk foods, according to a survey conducted by Genesis Analytics for the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA).

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Genesis tests packaging for new HIV prevention ring

Genesis has been commissioned to do the second phase of the rollout of a new device that has been shown to reduce HIV-1 infections in women by about 30%.

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Genesis manager co-chairs Aspen Network learning lab in SA

Mishkah Jakoet, who is a manager in the Evaluation for Development practice at Genesis Analytics, has been selected as the co-chair of the ANDE South Africa Chapter’s Impact Metrics Learning Lab. 

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Our Evaluation for Development practice spreads its wings

Our Monitoring and Evaluation practice has added a London contingent to Johannesburg, Nairobi, Cape Town, and Underberg.

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Genesis studies disruptive impact of fintech on banking

The Centre of Excellence in Financial Services, recently established by the Banking Association South Africa, has commissioned Genesis Analytics to research how disruptive innovations will impact banking in South Africa. 

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Releasing more spectrum to mobile networks part of broadband solution

Affordability is a primary barrier to access with about half the South African population excluded from global information society, writes James Hodge, the managing partner of the Competition and Regulation practice at Genesis Analytics, in the Business Day on 13 July 2017.

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Genesis's Financial Services appoints new lead in Nigeria

Chidinma Lawanson has joined Genesis Analytics as the regional lead consultant in Nigeria for the Financial Services Strategy practice.

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Being a Soul Buddyz Club member protects young women from HIV in long term

Young women who were members of Soul Buddyz clubs 10 years ago were nearly three times more likely to be HIV negative than a matched control group, according to an impact evaluation study by Genesis Analytics.

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Genesis looks at case to recycle water for KZN coastal city

Genesis Analytics has been appointed the lead financial transaction adviser in a consortium of four companies tasked by the City of uMhlathuze’s municipality to assess the feasibility study of re-using wastewater and associated by-products. 

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Genesis partner on high-powered panel to oversee social grants transfer

Genesis partner Anthony Felet is on the high-powered panel appointed by the Constitutional Court that will oversee the process of phasing out Net1's involvement in the distribution of social grants.

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Genesis maps Mozambique agri projects for Swiss programme

Genesis has been commissioned by the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) to map the objectives and activities of on-going and upcoming agricultural development programmes in Mozambique with a focus on Northern Mozambique to inform the next phase of their work.

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Genesis joins Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Genesis Analytics has become the latest member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).

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Join us at the SA AIDS conference in Durban next week

Genesis Analytics is presenting the findings of our evaluation of the impact of Soul Buddyz Clubs on young women between 2004 and 2008 at the SA AIDS Conference in Durban on 13 June. 

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Scale required in funding SADC water projects, says Genesis economist

Genesis manager Kim Adonis tells WASA's journal that economies of scale are required when looking for large-scale funding for water projects in SADC.

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Mutamba reviews case for climate-smart agriculture

Genesis climate change specialist Manyewu Mutamba reviews "Climate Change and Agricultural Development", which pesents some of the most progressive and up-to-date thinking on climate-smart agriculture (CSA).

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Genesis salutes top students in UCT's Economics class of 2016

Genesis Analytics went to the University of Cape Town to award the top performing Economics students at the school. The event was part of their annual Faculty of Commerce Awards for Excellence Ceremony held on 5 May 2017.

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R23-billion cost of cash in SA is carried by low earners

A new Mastercard study, conducted by Genesis Analytics, reveals that using cash cost consumers R23-billion or 0.52 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product in 2015. These costs are disproportionately carried by low-income earners, serving as a major barrier to financial inclusion.

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Genesis contributes to evaluation for democracy debate in South Africa

Genesis has contributed to the debate on the role of evaluation in building democracy in South Africa with a chapter in a recently published anthology, Democratic Evaluation and Democracy: Exploring the Reality. 

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Genesis leads the way on innovation at evaluation conference

Genesis Analytics curated a strand on Innovations in Evaluation, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, at he AfrEA conference in Uganda last month. The conference brings together cutting-edge ideas from across the globe to allow for collaborative learning opportunities in order to deepen evaluative thinking and practice necessitated by the changes in the developing world. 

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Genesis salutes top economics students in class of 2016 at Maties

Genesis Analytics went to Stellenbosch University in March  to attend the prize-giving for the top Economics students in their Department of Economics. 

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Course with Gibs focuses on how business and government can work together

Cabinet reshuffle. Credit downgrade. Radical Economic Transformation. White Monopoly Capital. State capture. Price fixing. Political risk. Collusion. Corruption. South Africa is at a crossroads.

Recognising this, Genesis Analytics is partnering with the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) to present a two-day executive education programme, “Business and Government Relations: Working more effectively with the public sector”. 

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Genesis to test HIV awareness in South Africa

The Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) has commissioned Genesis Analytics to evaluate the ‘Testa Boy’ campaign and establish a baseline assessment of the knowledge and awareness of HIV viral load and treatment literacy among men and women in South Africa

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Cabinet approves evaluation of mining environmental governance

An evaluation by Genesis Analytics and Digby Wells Environmental of environmental governance in mining was endorsed by the Cabinet on 15 February 2017. The evaluation assessed the relevance and effectiveness of environmental legislation in mining and its implementation.

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Arise makes two African banking investments

Newly formed investment company, Arise has recently acquired a 27.7% stake in CAL Bank in Ghana. PwC Transaction services and Genesis Analytics acted as due diligence advisors to Arise.

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Genesis supports Carlyle Group in GCR deal

The Corporate Finance Transaction Advisory team at Genesis Analytics supported The Carlyle Group’s acquisition of a significant stake in Global Credit Ratings (GCR), a pan-African ratings agency with headquarters in Johannesburg. 

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New partner in Health practice at Genesis Analytics

Dr Saul Johnson, a well-known epidemiologist and public health specialist, has been made a partner at Genesis Analytics. He joined Genesis in 2016 when the firm bought Anansi Health Consulting and established a Health practice.

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Genesis to evaluate SA's National Evaluation System

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.

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Visual partnership to capture lessons of financial inclusion projects

Genesis Analytics has partnered with a network of audio visual production companies and film makers to capture the lessons learnt from development interventions by our clients.

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​Genesis does brand study on new device to reduce HIV in Africa

Genesis Analytics is to conduct a brand study for a new device that promises to reduce HIV-1 infections in women between the ages of 18 and 45 years by about 30%.

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Learning from past competition decisions in South Africa

Competition authorities the world over regularly set out to review and assess their own performance. In South Africa, this work has focused heavily on the consumer welfare benefits of cartel prosecution. Why spend precious time and (public) money trying to learn from the past?

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