Research in ISD is organised into six major themes1. Poverty and inequality
2. Social policy and social development
3. Urban and regional development
4. Technology, innovation and development
5. Social movements and civil society
6. Migration and development
RESEARCH PROJECT UNDERTAKEN BY ISD STAFF MEMBERS
This project aims to accomplish these goals:
- to map refugee and asylum seeker representative structures as well as responsibilities while analysing the degree of representativeness and legitimacy in line with approved standards;
- to undertake an inventory of community-based protection and solutions initiatives for self-help by persons of concern, including an analysis on whether persons of concern utilise local social support structures in an organised manner and/or effectively participate and/or are represented in such structures;
- to obtain ideas and guidance from refugees and asylum seekers on how to build legitimate representation and strengthen community-based protection agency; and based upon the findings; and
- to produce recommendations for a community representation and engagement model in South Africa.
Research team members: Prof Mulugeta F. Dinbabo, UWC (Principal Investigator); Prof Yanga Zembe, UWC, (Senior Researcher); Dr Sharon Penderis, UWC, (Senior Researcher); Mr Sergio Carciotto, SIHMA, (Senior Researcher); Dr Chris Nshimbi (UP), (Senior Researcher); Dr Vanya Gastrow (SIHMA, Senior Researcher). The project also involved the following postgraduate students: Mr Michael Nguatem Belebema, UWC, (PhD Candidate); Mr Jonas Nzabamwita, UWC, (PhD Candidate); Mr Kenny Chiwarawara, UWC, (PhD Candidate); Ms Maryan A. Ahmed, UWC, (MA Candidate); Mr Muauz Gidey Alemu, UP, (PhD Candidate); and Mr Leon Tshimpaka Mwamba, UP, (PhD Candidate).
Funding partner: Center for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)
The Migrafrica Project is one of the projects hosted by the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation in collaboration with FAO. The study primarily seeks to highlight issues of migration and its drivers whilst advocating for effective migration policies. Part of the project involves conducting statistical analysis data management in selected countries within sub-Saharan Africa. Consequently, two main outputs are expected to be generated: an atlas and a working paper.
Research team members: Prof Mulugeta F. Dinbabo, UWC (Principal Investigator); Mr Michael Nguatem Belebema, UWC, (PhD Candidate).
The worldwide increase of obesity has been described as a global health epidemic that poses a considerable threat to the health and well-being of populations. Low and middle-income countries (LMIC) are not spared from the obesity pandemic and are continuing to reflect a rapid increase in body fat levels.
Research shows that obesity is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases and substantially increases the risk of hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnoea as well as cancers of the endometrium, breast, prostate, and colon. The growing epidemic diverts scarce resources for the management of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease and impacts on the workplace as a result of increased absenteeism and decreased turnover.
It is against this background that this research has focused on the link between food choices and Body Mass Index (BMI) in adults and children in South Africa. Both secondary data analysis and empirical fieldwork were used to gather the data required to answer the research question. Within the limited scope of this study, the research identified the kinds of food that was consumed in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain in South Africa; assessed the circumstances and factors determining food consumption; identified the relationship between food choices and self-perceived health status and actual BMI measurements. The study also clearly identified that there are a number of determinants of food choice in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. These include the households’ income and the cost of food, accessibility and availability, cultural influences, palatability/taste, familiarity (especially for vegetables), education/knowledge, social setting, time constraints, religion and food choices, distance travelled to purchase food and food choices etc. Based on these findings, recommendations were proffered.
Research team members: Prof Mulugeta F. Dinbabo, UWC (Principal Investigator); Dr. Abdulrazak Karriem (Senior Researcher); Dr. Sharon Penderis (Senior Researcher), Prof Julian May (Senior Advisor); Prof Christopher Fulcher (Senior Advisor).The project had a participatory and capacity building focus in that it involved the following postgraduate students. Mr Michael Nguatem Belebema, (PhD Candidate); Mr Tlhabanyane Mogatosi, (MA Candidate); Ms Pozisa Zinja, (MA Candidate); Ms Nishaat Ms Gangen, (MA Candidate); Ms Razaan Adams, (MA Candidate) and Ms Nangamso Ngcwayi, (MA Candidate)
Like all societies, migration patterns in South Africa, particularly in the Western Cape Province continue to generate significant implications not just for population growth but also for social development, both now and in the future. As such, the need to keep track of migration patterns and issues, even more having access to accurate and credible migration data within the Western Cape Province, is non-negotiable.
It is against this background that the Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD), under the auspices of the Population Unit, engaged the services of the Institute for Social Development (ISD) at the University of the Western Cape to evaluate migration data that capture migration trends and issues in the Western Cape and based on this, develop migration models for the Western Cape Province. Per the Service Level Agreement, nine deliverables were set.
Research team members: Dr Mulugeta F. Dinbabo (Principal Investigator); Prof Dr. Abdulrazak Karriem (Senior Researcher); Dr. Sharon Penderis (Senior Researcher), Dr Susan Ziehl (Senior Researcher) and Dr Yves Semegni (Senior Researcher).The project also had involved the following postgraduate students. Mr Michael Nguatem Belebema, (PhD Candidate); Mr Clement Mensah (PhD Candidate) and Ms Shamiso Mandioma (PhD Candidate).
The Western Cape Government (WCG) appointed Research ICT Africa to develop a Western Cape Network Readiness Index, along the lines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) e-Readiness Index and to conduct an impact study of broadband rollout for Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, and Saldanha Bay.
The project was divided into three phases:
- developing methodologies and determining data availability;
- creating a WC Network Readiness Index (NRI) by conducting a baseline communication access and use study in the three identified areas; and
- conducting an impact assessment of broadband initiatives in these areas.
This project was funded by the IDRC by providing travel and capacity building support for 40 emerging researchers in developing countries. Prof. Julian May and Ms. Jacqui Tamri worked on this project.
|Ikebuaku, K & Dinbabo, MF||2018||Beyond entrepreneurship education: business incubation and entrepreneurial capabilities.
Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies 10(1): Pp 154-157
|Conradie I; Walker, M and Ziegler, H||2018||Informal workers and human development in South Africa' in Otto. Capability Promoting Policies.
Bristol: Policy Press
|Penderis, S & Tapscott, C||2018||The Establishment of a Democratic Developmental Local State in South Africa: Between Rhetoric and Reality. In The Democratic Developmental State: North-South Perspectives. Columbia University Press.||Published|
|Dinbabo, MF.||2017||Migration Research and Analysis: Growth, Reach and Recent Contributions. In: IOM - International Organization for Migration. Eds. World Migration Report 2018, IOM: Geneva. Pp: 318-320.||Published|
|Bengtsson, K., Ibsen, H. & Penderis, S.||2017||To fit or not to fit, that´s the question: A framework for the study of indigenous knowledge and development. In knowledge for justice critical perspectives from southern African-Nordic research partnerships. Cape Town: African Minds.||Published|
|Halvorsen, T., Ibsen, H., Evans, H & Penderis, S (Eds).||2017||Knowledge for justice critical perspectives from southern African-Nordic research partnerships. Cape Town: African Minds.||Published|
|Dinbabo MF, Belebema M & Mensah, C||2017||South Africa: Territorial Imbalances but Growing Rural–Urban Linkages. In: Mercandalli, S. & Losch, B., Eds. Rural Africa in motion. Dynamics and drivers of migration South of the Sahara. Rome, FAO and CIRAD. PP.36-37.||Published|
|2017||Social Capital and Climate Change Adaptation among Smallholder Farmers in the Central Region of Ghana. In Kuwornu, J. (ed). Assessment of the Vulnerability and Adaptation of Food Supply Chains to Climate Change. Delaware, USA: Vernon Press.||Forthcoming|
|Dinbabo M, Belebema & Mensah, C||2017||Diversity of Rural Migrants’ Profiles. In: Mercandalli, S. & Losch, B., Eds. Rural Africa in motion.
Dynamics and drivers of migration South of the Sahara. Rome, FAO and CIRAD. PP 24-25
|Karriem A & M, Hoskins||2016||From the RDP to the NDP: A Critical Appraisal of the Developmental State, Land Reform and Rural Development in South Africa. Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 43(3): 325-343||Published|
|Adeniyi, D. & Dinbabo MF||2016||Evaluating Outcomes from Stakeholders’ Perception: Evidence from an Irrigation Project in Nigeria.
Ghana Journal of Development Studies (GJDS), 13(2): Pp: 26-47
|Karriem, A||2016||Grassroots Politics and Social Movement Mobilizations for Development in Brazil. In Poverty and Inequality in Middle Income Countries: Policy Achievements, Political Obstacles, E. Braathen, J. May and G. Wright (eds). London: Zed Books||Published|
|Karriem, A and L. Benjamin||2016||How Civil Society Organizations Foster Insurgent Citizenship: Lessons from the Brazilian Landless Movement. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(1): 19-36.||Published|
|Sithole, S. & Dinbabo, MF.||2016||Exploring youth migration and the food security nexus: Zimbabwean youths in Cape Town, South Africa. African Human Mobility Review (AHMR). 2 (2): Pp: 512-537.||Published|
|Philander, F. and A Karriem||2016||Assessment of Urban Agriculture as a Livelihood Strategy for Household Food Security: An Appraisal of Urban Gardens in Langa, Cape Town. International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 9(1):327–338||Published|
|Ziehl, S., Dinbabo, M, Karriem, A, Penderis, S & Semegni, Y.||2016||Evaluation of migration data and modeling migration in the Western Cape. Research Report. Cape Town: Department of Social Development.||Published|
|Ile, I & Dinbabo, MF||2015||Evidence based policy-making: Chinese investment's impact on women in sub-Saharan Africa. In: Diallo, L & Shizha, E. (Eds.). Africa in the Age of Globalization: Perceptions, Misperceptions and Realities.
Canada. Ashgate Publication. Pp: 151-170.
|Vilakazi, F & Dinbabo, MF||2015||Regulation of African traditional medicines and public participation: Empirical evidence from South Africa.
Studies on Ethno Medicine. 9(1): 109-116.
|Dinbabo, MF. & Carciotto, S||2015||International migration in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): A call for a global research agenda.
African Human Mobility Review (AHMR). 1(2): 154-177.
|Dinbabo, MF. & Nyasulu, T||2015||Macroeconomic determinants: analysis of ‘Pull’ factors of international migration in South Africa.
African Human Mobility Review (AHMR). 1(1): 27-52.
|Penderis, SP||2014||Theorizing participation: from tyranny to emancipation. Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies 1(3), 1-28||Published|
|Dinbabo, M.||2014||Contractual relationships between indigenous CBOs and the community: empirical evidence from Ethiopia. Journal of Social Sciences. 38(3):231-240.||Published|
|Ile, I. & Dinbabo, MF.||2014||Evaluating the impact of selected Social Welfare Policies in South Africa (1994-2014): Challenges and Opportunities. Loyola Journal of Social Sciences. XXIX (2): 136-157.||Published|
|Callistus, A. & Dinbabo, MF.||2014||Social grant, livelihood empowerment and poverty reduction at the household level: empirical evidence from Ghana. Journal of Social Sciences. 39(3): 293-302.||Published|
|Conradie, I. & I. Robeyns||2013||Aspirations and human development interventions.” Journal of Human Development and Capabilities.
Vol. 14(4), pp. 559-580.
|Conradie, I||2013||Can deliberate efforts to realise aspirations increase capabilities A South African case study.”
Oxford Development Studies 14(2):189-219.
|Dinbabo, MF.||2013||Child rights in sub-Saharan Africa: a call for a Rights-Based Global Research Agenda.
Journal of Social Work. 48(1): 271 – 293.
|Carciotto, S. & Dinbabo, MF.||2013||Role of Development Communication in Fostering Social Change: Evidence from Lesotho.
Journal of Communication. 4(2): 65-70.
|Hunter, N and May, J.||2013||Age, employment and health in South Africa, in Maharaj, P., (ed.) Aging and Health in Africa.
Springer, New York, 171-196
|Karriem, A.||2013||Space, Ecology, and Politics in the Praxis of Brazil’s Landless Movement. In Gramscian Geographies: Space, Ecology, Politics, London: Wiley-Blackwell||Published|
|Penderis, SP||2012||Interrogating the emerging South African developmental state. Africanus 42(1), 4-15.||Published|
|Conradie, I||2011||Human Development and Development Intervention: Can Community Development increase Capabilities” The Social Work Practitioner/Researcher, Vol. 23(3):267-283||Published|
|Thompson, Lisa & Conradie, Ina||2011||Women Leaders and Intermediary Organisations in Khayelitsha, South Africa” in Jha, Vikas, Vaishnava,
Bhavita & Bandyopadhyay, Kasutuv Kanti (Editors): Citizen Leadership. New Delhi: Academic Foundation
|Thompson, Lisa & Conradie, Ina||2011||From Poverty to power Womens Participation in Intermediary Organisations in Site C, Khayelitsha”, in Africanus, Vol 4 (1).||Published|
|Suffla S. and M. Seedat||2010||Peace, its Indices and Implications for Swaraj. Social Change, 40(4): 439-457||Published|
|Karriem, A||2009||The Rise and Transformation of the Brazilian Landless Movement into a Counter-hegemonic Political Actor: A Gramscian Analysis. Geoforum, 40(3): 316-325||Published|
|Karriem, A||2009||The Brazilian Landless Movement: Mobilization for Transformative Politics. In Y. Atasoy (ed.), Hegemonic Transitions, The State and Crisis in Neoliberal Capitalism. London & New York: Routledge||Published|
|September, R. and Dinbabo MF||2008||Gearing Up for Implementation: A New Children's Act for South Africa. Practice:
Social Work in Action. 20(2): 113-122.
|Karriem, A||2005||Marching as to War": A Letter from Brazil to South Africa about Landlessness,
Agrarian Reform and Social Movement Struggles against Neoliberalism. Revista Nera, 8(6): 1-13.
|Goldsmith, W., A. Karriem, and H. Wittman.||2002||Boss Nova in Brazil. The Bookpress, 12(7).||Published|