The Programme to Support Pro-poor Policy Development (PSPPD) is a research and capacity-building programme located within the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) and is part of the larger European Union-funded National Development Policy Support Programme (NDPSP), which seeks to support the implementation of the country’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) and the accompanying outcomes-based approach. The PSPPD supports the DPME and other government departments in the social and economic sectors by assisting policy-makers to systematically harness the best available evidence to inform the policy-making process. It also builds on the existing body of evidence through its research component and partnerships with academia, think tanks and the public sector.
The PSPPD’s core purpose is to improve evidence-based policy-making (EBPM) on poverty and inequality at national and provincial levels. Through its research grants and learning and capacity-development activities such as training events, workshops, conferences, and study tours, as well as its platforms for improved engagement, the Programme hopes to foster a better understanding of the country’s complex social and economic dynamics and shape the policies and programmes that address them.
Together with the DPME’s complementary National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), a panel study of income dynamics among South Africans, the PSPPD plays a central role in providing a more comprehensive, qualitatively- and quantitatively-informed evidence base for policy decisions-makers and critical role players within the policy community.