About Us

The Social Policy Network (Pty) Ltd (SPN) is a development firm registered in South Africa. It provides technical assistance, research, training and advisory services to government departments, private businesses, development agencies and civil society organisations. It has field presence in Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.

Objectives

To position Social Policy Network as a leading development consultancy firm in Africa

• To serve as a centre of excellence on social policy in the areas of development, human rights, gender equality, women’s rights and rights of children.

• To enhance the capacity and effectiveness of development agencies, government departments, civil society organisations, private sector and international organisations dealing with issues pertaining to human rights and development.

• To provide comprehensive technical, consultancy, project management and quality control or quality assurance services, that may be crucial to meeting the needs of our clients and partners.

• To put in place a strong organisational development structures that will meet the challenge of the changing aid architecture from short-term funding to long-term strategic funding partnerships.

SPN has a three-tier structure consisting of the Board, secretariat and a pool of consultants.

  • The Board determines the strategic direction needed to achieve its purpose and objectives as a business enterprise and to implement its values to ensure that it survives and thrives. The Board also ensures that the procedures and practices are in place to protect the company’s assets and reputation. In addition, the SPN Board monitors and evaluates the implementation of strategies, policies, management performance criteria and business plans.
  • The secretariat implements policy decisions and day-to-day affairs of the company. SPN maintains a ‘thin’ secretariat to manage its affairs.

The pool of consultants consists of diverse skills and nationalities. The diverse background of the team is intended to bring in a broad range of perspectives, insights and skill sets to every assignment and ensure that our clients get value for money. By applying modern technology, we can deploy consultants at short notice. The team has diverse skill sets in research, statistics, political economy, project management, governance, resource mobilization, capacity building, statistics, policy, HIV and SRH in Africa and other parts of the world. Therefore, SPN has a detailed understanding of challenges experienced in developing countries. SPN team has worked in various contexts including; humanitarian, emergency and disaster areas, conflict and post conflict areas, development, pastoral communities and island communities.

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The objectives of SPN (Pty) Ltd

  • To enhance the capacity and effectiveness of development agencies, government departments, civil society organisations and international non- government organisations in order to address issues pertaining to human rights, gender, HIV and AIDS, women’s rights and children’s rights issues in policies and programmes.
  • To provide technical advice, consultation services, project management services, quality control or quality assurance, and any other services that may be crucial to meeting the needs of clients and partners.
  • To generate and disseminate relevant information on, and document, best practices on social and human rights issues affecting families and women and children in vulnerable circumstances. These circumstances may include people living in economically deprived, conflict or post-conflict areas; emergencies;
    disaster areas and areas receiving humanitarian aid; survivors and victims of gender-based violence; and women living with HIV and AIDS.
  • To serve as a centre of excellence for social policy in the areas of human rights, gender equality, HIV and AIDS, women’s rights and children’s rights.
  • To influence policy formulation and its implementation in order to reflect the rights and needs of people in vulnerable situations.
  • To put in place a strong organisational development structure that will meet the challenge of the changing aid architecture from short-term funding to long-term strategic funding partnerships.

Governance structure

SPN (Pty) Ltd is governed by a Board of Trustees, and all the Board members are committed to principles of equality and human rights. These individuals are leaders in the fields of policy development, the organising of social spaces, and are leaders in the institutions and the professional networks with whom SPN (Pty) Ltd cooperates in implementing its programmes. SPN’s secretariat comprises two teams; a management team that facilitates operational requirements, and a technical team comprising national and international experts. SPN has a diverse technical team that specialises in the following areas:

  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Maternal and children’s health.
  • Population studies.
  • Women’s rights (social, economic and political).
  • Child protection, including the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • Evaluations and impact assessments.
  • Gender, women, girls and HIV and AIDS.
  • Gender-based violence.
  • Advocacy, media and communications.
  • Gender audits, integration and mainstreaming.
  • Business management.

SPN’s team has worked in various contexts:

  • Development.
  • Humanitarian, emergency and disaster areas.
  • Conflict and post conflict areas.
  • Pastoral communities.
  • Island communities.
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