Expanded Public Works Programme, South Africa

Overview - A flagship national programme in South Africa - the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) aims to provide poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed to carry out socially useful activities.  Launched in April 2004 the immediate goal of the EPWP phase one was to help alleviate unemployment by creating at least 1 million work opportunities, of which at least 40% of beneficiaries will be women, 30% youth and 2% people with disabilities.

In 2006 the Business Trust commissioned Kwantu to develop systems for reporting and programme management for the Infrastructure cluster.  At this stage the programme only captured aggregate data at the project on the people benefiting.  The first deliverable was a tool to track individuals employed via the programme, as well as detailed data on the project level for all projects. This data on project and beneficiaries level are then aggregated for management, analysis and reporting.  Rapidly implemented, the tool now enables project managers to report on individuals employed and capture information on gender, age and disability.

Following a successful first phase Kwantu was commissioned for a second phase to improve the reporting tools.  As the programme grew it urgently needed more robust and scaleable reporting tools.  We went one stop further integrating business intelligence and reporting tools to facilitate data analysis.

Results - The number of active projects reporting has increased from 2000 to around 10,000 and is capable of supporting the programme at full scale.  The system has also been expanded to cover the Environment clusters of EPWP.  There are now around 200,000 participants enrolled in the programme nationwide.

Clients - Shisaka, the Business Trust and the Independent Development Trust (IDT)