A Framework for Monitoring SERs

A Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating the Progressive Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa

An analysis of the various judicial and legislative measures and reporting mechanisms and tools used in South Africa to address and monitor SERs highlights their various limitations or shortcomings and points towards the need for a comprehensive monitoring tool which can be applied across all rights.

SPII, with the support of Ford Foundation and the endorsement of the SAHRC, has developed a methodology for monitoring and evaluating the performance of government and the realisation of SERs that is based on a combination of policy (step 1) and budget (step 2) analysis, and the development of statistical indicators for each of the rights (step 3). This involves unpacking the content of these rights and the obligations they impose on government, evaluating the extent to which government policies and budget allocations adequately address these obligations, and measuring the enjoyment of rights by people on the ground.

Distinguishing features of the tool are firstly, its programmatic long term approach to monitoring with the overall aim of guiding policy and the implementation of SERs, and secondly, the emphasis on quantitative measures that are well suited to mapping trends and patterns over time, but remain largely absent in the monitoring process of SERs in South Africa.