The Socio-Economic Rights (SER) Monitoring Tool
Monitoring and guiding the progressive realisation of socio-economic rights in South Africa
The effectiveness of the state’s ability to address the very high levels of poverty and inequality in South Africa is intrinsically, but not only, dependant on the resources that it makes available to realise the socio-economic rights contained in the Constitution of South Africa. Tracking state allocation of funding, as well as the maximum utilisation of the allocated funds by state departments forms a critical part of oversight of state performance. As part of an on-going project to establish indicators for monitoring the progressive realisation of socio-economic rights over time, which SPII is undertaking in collaboration with the South African Human Rights Commission, this report serves to establish a baseline for SER expenditure.
Monitoring the progressive realisation of socio-economic rights raises conceptual challenges that are broader than, for instance, the monitoring of rights’ violations. It requires clear indicators and thresholds for people to assess whether, over time, the resources are being made available in sufficient transfers, to move towards the universal enjoyment of rights as directed by the Constitution.
As South Africa proceeds to ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the ability of both the state and oversight bodies to monitor its performance in this regard is critical.
In 2013, SPII set out to do just that, in: Working Paper 7: A Review of National and Provincial Budgets in South Africa: 2007/08 – 2011/12
SPII has been busy refining our methodology for SER budget analysis in South Africa with the support of the International Budget Partnership. This will be reflected in our updated review of national and provincial budgets set for release in September 2015.
Debate about the budget should be based on the real human rights issues that people across the country are facing. The Constitution requires that the budget responds to these issues. In the 2017 Human Rights Budget Speech, launched at the Human Rights Commission this...read more
MEDIA ALERT Release of the 2017 Human Rights Budget Speech “Realising national transformation through the fulfilment of socio-economic rights” DATE: Tuesday 21 February 2017 TIME: 08h30 am to 09h30 am VENUE: South African Human...read more
In times of economic crisis, as well as in times of GDP growth, the budgetary choices made by the state affect human rights more than any other decision-making process. Cut public debt? Reduce the deficit? Invest in education, health care,...read more
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) and Code4SA have developed an online tool to give people the opportunity to tell Parliament what they think about the 2016/17 national budget. This tool will give the public the opportunity to...read more
Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is proud to announce the launch of its latest report entitled “Within its available resources”: An assessment of government spending on socio-economic rights from 2005/06 – 2016/17 at TH...read more