Board Statement on the future of CPS


The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) was originally established in the Business School of the University of the Witwatersrand in 1987. In its subsequent years of active history, the CPS developed critical research capacity, improved research capabilities and is currently recognised as a major centre of competence in the field of policy analysis.  The CPS has for nearly two and a half decades produced relevant analyses of various policy challenges, facilitated cooperative research processes whilst building research partnerships and networks across the country and globally. The CPS has consistently contributed towards informing public debates that shaped important decisions for South Africa, the continent of Africa and the world at large.


Recent developments and contextual changes that include the local impacts of the global financial recession, an expansion of the policy research and advisory sector by very diverse new market entrants and the maturing of the country’s public research competencies, has however driven the need for a strategic review of the optimal configuration for the CPS. It is hoped that it is on this basis that the commendable track record of an institutional form such as the CPS may be conserved and proper future returns secured. The Governing Board of CPS has therefore resolved to explore and assess over the next short period a number of strategic new directions for the organisation. The most critical factor for this  is for members and associates of CPS to be expanded to play a more active role in shaping the process and direction.


This,  will ultimately seek to re-position CPS more competitively with respect to the emergent new needs and demands in the field of policy studies. We encourage you to participate in this strategic renewal process. Your suggestions and recommendations about the future of CPS will help to in our endeavour to improve the contribution of CPS to the policy needs and demands of contemporary South Africa, Africa and the world. We regard this participatory approach to the strategic review of CPS activities as an important mechanism in which we can ensure continued relevance to our citizens, society and the political economy for a just, sustainable and equitable future for all.