The Community Agency for Social Enquiry (C A S E) was commissioned by CARE's to compile and document lessons learnt in the application of the Letsema sub-granting model. Sub-grants are referred to interchangeably as "sub-awards", "subcontracts" or "sub-agreements". A "sub-award" is defined as "an award of assistance in the form of money or property in lieu of money, made under an award by a recipient to an eligible sub-recipient." A sub-recipient is defined as "the legal entity to which a sub-award is made and which is accountable to the recipient for the use of funds provided." It is noted that the combination of provision of training and technical assistance with the granting of sub-awards or sub-grants is a proven way for intermediary organisations (such as CARE) to assist smaller organisations (the CBOs) in building their capacity.
This project is about understanding how the poor in two cities, Johannesburg and Durban try to address their shelter needs and the cities responses to this. C A S E was commissioned by the Ford Foundation to research the experiences of people in inner city buildings, warehouses, informal settlements and homeless people. The project culminated in a workshop where the officials from the two cities were able to compare their experiences and understand the impact of their experiences through the impact it is having on the poor.
The National Department of Housing (NDH) has contracted C A S E to research the perception of beneficiaries of houses built with alternate technologies. The NDH has a range of projects that are supported through the housing subsidy scheme currently in place to assist poor people with acquiring industry but not the beneficiaries. CASE is conducting focus group discussions nationally with people living in alternate technology houses as well as potential beneficiaries to fill this gap.
C A S E has been commissioned by The Society for Family Health to conduct a TRaC survey to measure the impact of its project interventions and activities, specifically its Condom Social Marketing (CSM) programme, and its YouthAIDs (YA) programme. The project was done in 3 major cities – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, all of which were previously surveyed in a similar manner in 2008.
The Society, Work and Development Institute at University of Witwatersrand (SWOP) has been commissioned by the Gauteng Department of Economic Development to undertake research into decent work in the province. The Institute has sub-contracted C A S E to design, undertake and analyse a survey of security guards. It is hoped that the survey will, among others, provide the basis for developing indicators of decent work for a range of different industries or occupations in the province.
C A S E has been commissioned by the City of Johannesburg' to conduct a household travel survey. The objectives of the study is to provide strategic transportation planning information to the City of Johannesburg's Transportation Department at a local level, including the socio-economic characteristics of households impacting on travel demand, trip data covering all modes of transport and trip purposes and attitudinal data to assist decision-making about current issues and trends, information for the development of the Comprehensive Integrated Transport Plan 2011-2016 for the City of Johannesburg and information on cross-metropolitan, provincial and national border planning issues.
C A S E has been commissioned by the Department of Labour to conduct research to inform the revision of the sectoral determination for the taxi industry. The research will investigate minimum wages and conditions in the industry, and particular attention will also be paid to how developments in respect of public transport and the recapitalisation programme have affected the industry, as well as to the suitability of the current provisions in respect of different routes.
Audit of Unregistered Child and Youth Care Centres and Situational Analysis of "Safe Homes" used for Temporary Safe Care
C A S E has been commissioned by UNICEF to conduct a survey of all known unregistered child and youth care centres and a situational analysis of "safe homes "used for temporary safe care.
C A S E is evaluating the Community Monitoring and Advocacy Project run by the Black Sash which is currently involved in monitoring services delivery through the use of community monitors in 271 local authorities. Working with local organisations the project seeks to involve community members in the monitoring and advocacy for better service delivery in health, local government, social grants and Home Affairs.
The Department of Social Development (DSD) commissioned C A S E to conduct an impact assessment of the poverty alleviation projects funded by the department and to make recommendations on how best to support poverty alleviation initiatives in the future.
C A S E has been commissioned by NALEDI to conduct a survey of workers for COSATU.