Centre For Development and Enterprise
CDE is an independent policy research and advocacy organisation. It is one of South Africa's leading development think tanks, focusing on critical development issues and their relationship to economic growth and democratic consolidation. Through examining South African realities and international experience, CDE formulates practical policy proposals outlining ways in which South Africa can tackle major social and economic challenges. CDE has a special focus on the role of business and markets in development.
POLICY GRIDLOCK? Comparing the proposals made in three economic policy documents
Government’s three major economic strategy documents fail to offer a common view on government policy. This is the key conclusion of the newest report by CDE, Policy Gridlock? Comparing the proposals made in three economic policy documents, written by Prof David Kaplan of UCT.
MATHEMATICS OUTCOMES IN SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS: What are the facts? What should be done?
South Africa is significantly underperforming in education, particularly mathematics teaching and learning. Fundamental reforms are needed in the public sector. Business leaders need to incorporate an understanding of private education and other market experiments and schooling innovations in their overall perspective and priorities for intervention and reform.
THE MISSING SECTOR: Contract Schools: International experience and South African prospects
The new CDE report: THE MISSING SECTOR: Contract schools – international experience and South African prospects analyses a range of schooling models, revealing how they can deliver schooling to the poor as cheaply and often of better quality than the public sector. These models essentially involve a contract or agreement between the state and private actors who run the schools with public funds in return for specified performance outputs.
Affordable Private Schools in South Africa
Private schools for the poor are a global phenomenon. In Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Colombia, Chile, India and elsewhere parents are deserting failing public schools and 'edupreneurs' are emerging to meet local needs. South Africa has a small but growing low-fee private school sector.