Name: Evaluation of the Implementation of Legislation Policy and Programmes on Gender Based Violence by the National Prosecuting Authority SOCA Unit   
Year: 2011- 2012
Client: UNICEF SA
Country: South Africa
Background: Violence against women has been one of the most prominent features of post-apartheid South Africa. While estimates of the extent of violence vary, the issue has dominated national public debates and galvanized community-based activism and NGO intervention. In response to the unacceptably high levels of Gender Based Violence in South African, the government established through the National Procecuting Authority (NPA), the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit in October 1999 with the main objective of eradicating all forms of gender-based violence against women and children. They work with the police, the correctional authorities, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. The government has additionally developed and strengthened legislative framework dealing with gender-based violence.
Objectives: The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the NPA-SOCA Unit’s implementation of Gender Based Violence related legislation, policy and programmes within the five thematic areas which are domestic violence, trafficking in persons, child justice, maintenance and sexual offences.

More specifically, the evaluation objectives included analyzing the NPA-SOCA project objectives, the effectiveness of the executing parties, and the quality of services; assessing strengths and limitations and lessons learned from the NPA-SOCA project components with respect to meeting their stated goals/objectives; identifying any gaps in GBV programmes; and providing comprehensive recommendations on future directions, including ensuring strengthened coordination of restorative services for survivors, women’s rights, and programme sustainability.

Activities: Our team assessed the adequacy of the orientation of the interventions of NPA-SOCA’s implementation of GBV in South Africa (balance and synergy with national and regional priorities).

The team was responsible for

  1. Review of the SOCA units’ implementation of GBV-related legislation, policy and programmes.
  2. Highlighting the gaps and challenges in the NPA-SOCA’s implementation of the GBV-related legislation, policy and programmes.
  3. Recommending opportunities to improve NPA-SOCA’s implementation of GBV-related legislation, policy and programmes
  4. Review the NPA-SOCA’s implementation of GBV-related legislation, policy and programmes.
  5. Highlight the gaps and challenges in the NPA-SOCA’s implementation of the GBV-related legislation, policy and programmes.
  6. Recommend opportunities to improve NPA-SOCA’s implementation of GBV-related legislation, policy and programmes