Ref N° 34522

Provision of Support and Capacity Building to the National Integrated Social Information System (NISIS)

South Africa
Department of Social Development, South Africa
Overall project value (EUR)
€ 116 340
Origin of funding
Proportion carried out by legal entity
Consortium members
PWC South Africa, UCT, DPRU, Indyebo
Start date
November 2009
End date
July 2010
Number of staff provided
120 w/d

Detailed description of project Back

The overall objective of the NISIS is to contribute in the fight against poverty by establishing, within departments of the Social Protection and Community Development Cluster (cluster) in all three spheres of government, a technology platform that will eliminate disparity and systemic deficiencies, reduce fraud and enable better and more effective coordination between government departments. To further entrench ownership of NISIS with all stakeholders in all three spheres of Government during the roll-out of NISIS, entrenching political and administrative ownership.

Specifically the purpose of the project is to reduce duplication, fraud and corruption by establishing an integrated database that would serve departments in the cluster when they verify the accuracy and truthfulness of information, cross referencing and for planning purposes. This will be achieved by:

  • Providing a more reliable, integrated and detailed view of households living in poverty in order to more precisely and effectively identify and respond to their needs;
  • Enabling the coordination of anti-poverty efforts across the Social Protection and Community Development Cluster and provincial and local administrations;
  • Minimising the duplication and inefficiencies arising from the maintenance of a multitude of often deficient beneficiary registers across different government entities and social programmes;
  • Enhancing policy development, monitoring and evaluation capabilities by providing tools to effectively analyse improved data;
  • Reducing fraud by providing visibility of individuals’ participation across major social programmes.

Type of services provided

Core services include:

  • Managing relations with NISIS stakeholders in all three spheres of the South African government by ensuring political and administrative support;
  • Making presentations to Members of the Social Cluster Committee in the Legislature (Provinces) and to Councillors who are Members of the Social and Community Portfolio Committee (Local government);
  • Participating in NISIS business and strategic planning activities;
  • Ensuring local community participation in NISIS;
  • Co-ordinate funding of NISIS by National, Provincial and Local government stakeholders;
  • Facilitate capacity building at Provincial and Local Governments;
  • Establish capacity needs of community development workers;
  • Facilitate and oversee the training of officers in data collection and management;
  • Manage the dissemination of information to the different spheres of government about NISIS;
  • Monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of operations and recommending potential policy, budget, system or other changes to continuously improve the roll-out of NISIS.

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