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South African government’s GBV plans may disappoint

Friday, May 28, 2021

Significance

Although President Cyril Ramaphosa has publicly committed to increase funding to combat what he calls South Africa’s “second pandemic”, there is a lack of transparency in how the government disburses funds linked to its National Strategic Plan (NSP) on Gender-based Violence and Femicide.

Impacts

  • Civil society groups will increase pressure on the government to make expenditure on GBV programmes more transparent.
  • A new private-sector fund to contribute to the NSP has received strong early support, but its management structure is opaque.
  • High levels of GBV will not only have significant humanitarian and social costs but may deter much-needed foreign investment.

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