Research utilization for social transformation

  • Monica Ferreira Editor, Southern African Journal of Gerontology


Since the first democratic elections in South Africa in April 1994, remarkable social and political changes are taking place. With the transformation of the human rights culture in the country, policy is being rewritten, or written anew in several arenas of social life. The new Government of National Unity has recognized the important role which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) have to play in realising the aims of its Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). Broadly, the programmes aims are to redress past inequalities in the distribution of resources and to create a more enabling environment for all citizens. New policy on ageing in South Africa is being structured in terms of a shift of service provision, as far as possible, to community agencies.


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