SALDRU's director, Prof. Murray Leibbrandt is the South African Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research. The work of this Chair is focused on a sustained programme of research to measure and analyse the unfolding social dynamics within contemporary South Africa with particular attention being devoted to poverty and inequality dynamics.
SALDRU has been commissioned by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the impacts of the Land Restitution Programme on the economic, social and psychological outcomes of the beneficiaries. Learn more about the Land Restitution Evaluation Study (LRES).
By expanding the base of empirical research relating to who obtains a post school credential and who does not, the transitions of graduates from different socio-economic backgrounds and different types of qualifications, we are working to highlight issues impacting on our capacity to meet the equity and high-level skills needs of the country.
Based within SALDRU at the University of Cape Town's School of Economics, J-PAL Africa works closely with governments and NGOs to improve the effectiveness of social policy by evaluating “real life” programmes, training others to do the same, and partnering with governments and NGOs to help them integrate knowledge of what does, or does not, work into their development strategies.