The goal of building and maintaining a capable South African state has been articulated in various government plans including the National Development Plan. However, there is evidence that this objective has not been fully realised and that much work is required to enable the state to function effectively and optimally. Through this portfolio, the RAU conceptualises medium- and long-term interventions to:
- Uncover the nature and depth of corruption and state capture at the public-private sector interface
- To support the rebuilding state institutions at all levels of government
- To rebuild public trust in state institutions
- To support public officials to deliver on their mandate
This portfolio of work is diagnostic in that it uncovers the systemic and operational challenges inhibiting service delivery. It is also forward-looking and proactive in as far as the projects seek to develop mechanisms for strengthening the state and for accountability. The approach is to work with civil society, academia and government bridge the gap that sometimes exists between these social partners and to leverage their respective strengths.