Land Restitution South Africa

3ie invited submissions of qualifications to be considered for grants to prepare a proposal for an impact evaluation of the Land Restitution Programme in the Republic of South Africa.

The Restitution of Land Rights Act of 1994, implemented by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, provides for the return of land or financial compensation to persons or communities affected by the land disposition resulting from 1913 Native Land Act.

For more information, please read the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) (272.2 KB)

The deadline for submitting completed applications was 17 March 2014.

At a glance

  • Only institutions could apply for this grant. Individuals were not eligible.
  • The lead institution making the application must be located in the Republic of South Africa with national researchers as lead principal investigators.
  • The research team may include researchers outside South Africa who are not employees of the lead institution.
  • This was a request for qualifications of a team to prepare the evaluation design, not to submit a design.
  • The proposed budget for the proposal preparation cost should not exceed ZAR200,000.
  • The qualifications will be reviewed and scored by at least one external reviewer, one internal reviewer, and one representative of the implementing agency.

About the Land Restitution Programme

The Restitution of Land Rights Act of 1994 provides for the return of land or financial compensation to persons or communities affected by the land disposition resulting from the 1913 Native Land Act.

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) is responsible for maintaining records of all claims, validating and processing them. Successful claimants either have the land returned to them or equivalent financial compensation.

With over 4,000 outstanding claims, the government has decided to undertake a second phase of restitution.

This evaluation has been named by the South African Presidency’s Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation as part of the South African National Evaluation Plan for 2014-15.

3ie's Policy Window

The Policy Window Two grants programme is designed to fund impact evaluations that are commissioned by the policymakers and programme managers who implement development interventions.

For more information, please visit the Policy Window page.

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