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 Letter from the Editor

27 October 2016

As we enter the second half of 2016, reflection is necessary. The world has experienced significant shifts in the last 6 months, both locally and globally. In our line of work, the question that always interests us is what we have learnt, specifically through social research, that enables us to make better investments in development. In this sense, the release of the Community Survey results by Statistics SA has been amongst the more significant events of the last 6 months.
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So here’s another article on REIPPPP and transformation. Two topics I never tire of. Two topics through which I wish to gradually reveal to the reader why the intersections between policy and practice are worth dissecting in granular detail in order to make sense of the bigger questions around why (economic) freedom evades us
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At present, the IPP Office requires two types of reporting on Socio-economic Development (SED) and Enterprise Development (ED). This is in the form of annual plans as well as quarterly reports. The annual plan is a forecast of the types of programmes and individuals to be supported in the coming year as well as the estimated budgets for each intervention. The monetary sum of interventions must equate to the project’s obligated spend on SED and ED, relative to the forecasted revenue for that year.
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RESEARCH

The Department Of Energy’s (DOE) renewable energy programme has resulted in significant investment in small and geographically isolated communities. These communities, now leading the country’s technological leap into alternative energy generation were previously unknown to the average South African and in most cases, represent the least developed spaces in the country.
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At present, the IPP Office requires two types of reporting on Socio-economic Development (SED) and Enterprise Development (ED). This is in the form of annual plans as well as quarterly reports. The annual plan is a forecast of the types of programmes and individuals to be supported in the coming year as well as the estimated budgets for each intervention. The monetary sum of interventions must equate to the project’s obligated spend on SED and ED, relative to the forecasted revenue for that year.
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REVIEW

I am currently a community liaison trainee at Knowledge Pele. I am from a small energy community called Touwsrivier. The community has a population of about 8000 people. Touwsrivier has a low employment rate and with the SED and ED programmes we are implementing, I have come to understand first-hand just how important development services are to my community.
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In Bad Samaritans, Ha-Joon Chang takes a historical approach in attempting to answer the question, “how do poor countries become rich?” This question lies at the heart of any genuinely motivated development work that seeks social, political and economic freedom for the world’s poor. Our work at Knowledge Pele is motivated by this question, which makes Ha-Joon Chang’s work relevant to shaping our thinking.
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