Category Archives: Reports

Designs and action plans for case studies using social learning

This is the fifth deliverable in the NWRS2 citizen monitoring project. It focuses on the social learning ‘changing practice’ course that has been designed to support citizen-monitoring through four case studies. Course participants are active on water issues in each of the case study areas. They are linked to their local anchor organisation, which provides support to the learners, ‘takes up’ the research through implementing actions that arise, and provides institutional support to their Provincial Water Caucus (PWC). Thus the learning is designed to ‘ripple’ through various levels from individual learner, to anchor organisation, to PWC, to the national SA Water Caucus (SAWC) and to the sector more broadly; and ultimately to strengthen civil society in the water sector. 

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Draft citizen monitoring guidelines: What do local activists need and how can they support and be supported by DWS to monitor the implementation of NWRS2 and other water policies

This is the fourth deliverable of the research project civil society’s monitoring of the NWRS2. It documents guidelines that are drawn out of the rich history of the South African Water Caucus and the experiences of the South African Water Caucus members on the Changing Practice course while doing their Change Projects. the guidelines were presented back to the participants of the Changing Practice course and circulated to South African Water Caucus members for comment.

The document highlights how the guidelines were put together in the introduction as follows:

‘Deliverable 4 draws together insights gained so far to create a first draft of the Guidelines that are intended to help citizens – and those that work with citizens – in the citizens’ monitoring of the NWRS2. The guidelines follow on and draw on work done earlier in this project. These guidelines are draft in that they are likely to be modified in the light of learnings in the rest of the project. The guidelines in final form will be part of the final report. If warranted, additional money will be raised to layout and print the guidelines in a handy, accessible form for civil society and their allies.

Please reference this report as Munnik, V & Wilson, J. 2015.  Draft citizen monitoring guidelines: What do local activists need and how can they support and be supported by DWS to monitor the implementation of NWRS2 and other water policies. WRC project 2303. WRC: Pretoria.

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Investigating Context and Practice: Report on social learning module 1 and introduction to case study areas

This is the third deliverable of the Citizens monitoring of the NWRS2 project and the first deliverable on the Changing Practice course.

This report provides an overview of the organisational framework in which the social learning component of this project will be conducted, as well as an overview of the first social learning module, the participants and the context of the case studies.

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Assessing the role of civil society in South African water policy within the context of legal requirements and democratic discourse

This is the 2nd deliverable of the Citizen monitoring of the NWRS2  (National Water Resource Strategy 2) research project.

This report presents an assessment of the role of civil society in the South African water sector, with a particular emphasis on the South African Water Caucus (SAWC), a network of NGOs, CBOs, a trade union and individual activists in the South Africa water sector, active since 2001. The report aims to make this role explicit through a process of comparison and reflection. Such knowledge should be useful in strengthening this role – or as we shall seeafter analysis – these multiple roles.

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Deliverable 1: Report on a workshop on methodology, framework and scope of civil society policy assessment and action research; and on planning with lead action researchers to refine methodology and agree on initial case-site research.

This is the first deliverable for the Citizen Monitoring of the NWRS2 (National Water Resource Strategy 2) research project through which the Changing Practice for the South African Water Caucus was run. It documents our first research workshop together which was attended by Environmental Monitoring Group staff (who were the implementors of the research program), Rhodes University academic Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka, myself, Dr Victor Munnik and members of the South African Water Caucus coordinating committee. It was a vibrant workshop which set the tone for meaningful learning relationships throughout the research project.

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Progress report 1

Reference Group meeting

24th May 2012

 

During this reference group meeting we will report back on our progress to date as well as discuss our work plan for the next year.  Nina Rivers is the new masters student on the project and she will also share with us her progress and intentions for the rest of the year.

Please find below:

  • Progress report
  • A work plan for 2012/2013
  • Masters research proposal.

Please reference as Burt, J & Lotz-Sisitka, H. 2012. Progress report 24 May 2012. WRC project K5/2074. WRC: Tswane

progress report 1

Report on Mediators training and activity systems

This deliverable addresses objective 1 of the project proposal.  A “changing practice” short course has been developed out of the first two years of research into practice based learning and mediation. This deliverable is an evaluation of the course.

Please reference this report as  Rivers, N & Burt, J. 2014. Report on mediators training and activity systems. Deliverable 7 WRC project K5/2074. WRC: Tswane

Del 7 WRC evaluation report FINAL

CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK FOR MEDIATORS TRAINING COURSE: ‘community-based social learning and NRM practices’

The first two years of this research process has focused on piloting a process of developing a written question-based resource as a mediation tool for learning in the context of local practices. The purpose was to assess the way in which learning emerges from, and in relation to, practice, providing a new perspective on ‘knowledge flows’. Our interest was to ascertain what knowledge circulates in community based water management practices, and how people have learned or are learning these practices. Further, we wanted to ascertain the knowledge that community based rain water harversters are interested in; i.e. what questions are they engaging with as they engage with their practice.

From this process we have been able to identify the skills needed to mediate practice-centred learning.  The insights gained into the meditation of knowledge in practice-centred learning have allowed us to design a participatory course for mediators and facilitators of learning at a local level.  This deliverable is the curriculum framework for this course.

Please reference the curriculum design as Burt, J; Lotz-Sisitka, H & Berold, R. 2014. Curriculum  framework for mediators training course: ‘community based social learning and NRM practices’. Deliverable 6: WRC project K5/2075/1. WRC: Tswane

Deliverable 6 final

Report on the Development of the Catalogue

This deliverable consists of the first draft of the catalogue and a report on how catalogue was developed. It responds to the aims in the following way:

  1. The report is the first step in reflecting on the process of developing the catalogue and the effectiveness of the catalogue for developing the capacity of community-based mediators of water knowledge.

The report will begin identifying the skills that are needed to develop a catalogue of this nature.

Please reference the report on the development of the catalogue as: Burt, J & Berold, R. 2014. Report on the Development of the Catalogue. Deliverable 5: WRC Project K5/2017/1. WRC: Tswane

del 5 catalogue report

Please reference the guide on how to find resources for rainwater harvesting as: Rivers, N; Wigley, T & Berold, R. 2014. Resources on rain water harvesting: Resources and how to find them. WRC report K5/2071/1. WRC: Tswane

Rain Water Harvesting catalogue may 2013

Piloting the development of a question based resource

This deliverable consists of the first draft of the question-based resource and a report on how this resource was developed. It responds to the aims in the following way:

  1. The report is the first step in reflecting on the process of developing the resource and the effectiveness of the resource for developing the capacity of community-based mediators of water knowledge.
  2. The report will begin identifying the skills that are needed to develop a resource of this nature.

Please reference the report on the question based resource as: Burt, J & Berold, R. 2013. Report on the Development of the question-based resource. Deliverable 4: WRC project K6/2071/1. WRC: Tswane

Del 4 Report on development of question driven resourcrelRain Water Harvesting Resource final version may 2013

Please reference the question based resource as: Wigley, T & Berold R. 2013. Rain Water Harvesting for Homes and Home Food Gardens. Resource document for WRC K5/2071/1. WRC: Pretoria

Rain Water Harvesting Resource final version may 2013