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C A S E is an applied research NGO, working in the socio-economic, political and developmental fields in South Africa. C A S E was established in 1985 and operates nationally, with offices in Johannesburg. Our Board of Directors consists of representatives of NGOs, churches as well as senior academics.

C A S E undertakes research in a wide range of areas in South Africa and the African region. Our current focus areas are:
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Service Delivery
  • Labour and the Economy
  • Social Security
  • Gender
  • Children
Our clients include national and provincial government departments, international agencies, parastatals, NGOs and CBOs (community based organisations). Our work includes national, provincial and local surveys, focus groups, project and organisational evaluations, programme impact assessment, and policy and literature reviews. At any given time we are working on at least a dozen small and large-scale projects.

We have control over all stages of the research process, from design, and data-gathering, to analysis and report production. Our in-house fieldwork unit, which has been operating since 1997, ensures that data collection is executed to the highest standards under constant and tight supervision. We also undertake fieldwork, such as surveys, focus groups and interviews, for other organisations.

In many of our ventures we budget for capacity building, pairing senior researchers with junior researchers or interns. In addition, our fieldwork department will, where appropriate and possible, recruit and train local people to act as data gatherers. Through this process employment is generated, funds are allowed to stay in the community, and skills are developed.

C A S E strives to adhere to the following values in its day-to-day working relations amongst staff and in relation to people with whom we interact:
  •   No unfair discrimination on the basis of race, sex, culture, disability or HIV status
  •   A commitment to democratic and transparent practice
  •   To contribute to the economic and social development of the communities in which we work
  •   Respect for clients and all members of communities that help us in our research
  •  A working environment the respects diversity, recognises the contributions of staff and promotes skills development