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Title:Policy review and the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy in the Western Cape
Author:De Coning, ChristoISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Africanus
Volume:38
Issue:2
Pages:77-94
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:evaluation
regional government
government policy
development plans
Abstract:This article examines policy review in South Africa's Western Cape against the background of an assessment of the concept of policy and policy review, and proposes certain key interfaces to be explored. Against this background, the article provides a perspective on selected policy review initiatives in the province, such as the review of the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy (PGDS), cluster initiatives and operational initiatives, including the Provincial-wide Monitoring and Evaluation System. Research findings show that provincial policy review initiatives have been making good progress in institutionalizing a policy review system that focuses on developmental priorities, that is participative in nature, and that is supported by transversal monitoring and evaluation systems. Furthermore, the findings show that an emphasis needs to be placed on improved intergovernmental relations regarding the ongoing review and implementation of the PGDS, on capacity building and training in key areas as well as on refining the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) planning to reflect PGDS priorities in departmental plans and that much still needs to be done to improve integrated service delivery. The findings also show that provincial government has made a genuine commitment towards developing policy and facilitating reviews in consultative fashion and in partnership with civil society stakeholders. The development of further networks and trust relationships between government and civil society continue to be high on the developmental agenda. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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