During the five years of its existence, CBPEP has worked closely with a wide range of stakeholders to build state and institutional capacity to promote employment, in the areas of active labour market policy interventions for the poor, small and medium enterprises and the informal sector, and further education and skills development.
The past two years of the programme have been profoundly affected by the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. In response, CBPEP pivoted swiftly to support the Project Management Office (PMO) in the Private Office of the Presidency, in the design and rollout of emergency Covid-19 relief programmes and the Employment Stimulus Package.
At the same time, work continued on other strategic projects, including:
- employment-focused land and agrarian reform;
- the policy and regulatory environment for informal traders and the integration of waste pickers into the waste management value chain in major metros;
- the design and piloting of a Basic Package of Support for Youth as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention.
This was the third in a series of high-level colloquia that the CBPEP has hosted since 2020. In 2020, the focus was on economic growth and employment. In 2021, discussion shifted from diagnosis to policy action. In this third and final colloquium, the emphasis fell on building state capacity for employment promotion.
The President’s SONA speech emphasised building a capable, ethical and developmental state as a key objective for the next year. The Colloquium drew on real cases to highlight successful practical examples of agile and effective implementation of public sector implementation.
This third and final colloquium focussed on lessons and challenges from the past five years, and shared examples of innovative and agile problem-solving in the face of a national crisis. The event:
- consolidated and shared lessons learnt from CBPEP’s approach to capacity building, with a view to sustaining the longer-term impact of the programme; and
- analysed and shared tangible examples of agile and adaptive government initiatives, supported by CBPEP.
Section 1: The capable state: Covid-19 crisis and response
The Employment Stimulus Programme: achievements and innovations
by Kate Philip (Presidency)
Rolling out the Covid-19 SRD Grant
by Mr Fanie Sethokga (SASSA) and Kathy Nicolaou (CBPEP)
Section 2: Capacity building in real time
Rolling out the Basic Education Employment Initiative
by Paddy Padayachee (DBE)
Supporting the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)
by Dhiresh Ramklass (GTAC)
Welcome and scene-setting
Building a capable state: evidence, analysis and action
by Matt Andrews (Harvard Kennedy School)
Section 1: Building capability through networks
The PYEI and National Pathway Management Network
by Lerato Shai and Carmel Marock (Presidency)
The Basic Package of Support for Youth
by Lauren Graham (UJ)
by Nomvuyo Guma and Saul Musker (Presidency)
Land reform and employment promotion
by David Mayson (Phuhlisani)