Ronelle Burger

Position: Professor

Office: Schumann 706

Telephone nr: +27-21-808-3106

 

Journal publications, books and book chapters

  • Receive Grants or Perish? The Survival Prospects of Ugandan Nongovernmental Organizations. Journal of Development Studies, September 2013. With Trudy Owens.
  • NGO accountability. Chapter in Handbook of Civil Society in Africa, Forthcoming (Springer International.) With Dineo Seabe.
  • Introduction to special issue: Reforming South Africa’s Public Health System. Development Southern Africa, December 2012.
  • Have public health spending and access in South Africa become more equitable since the end of apartheid? With Caryn Bredenkamp, Christelle Grobler and Servaas van der Berg. Forthcoming (December 2012), Development Southern Africa.
  • The fertility transition in South Africa: A retrospective panel data analysis. With Rulof Burger and Laura Rossouw. Forthcoming (December 2012), Development Southern Africa. Download data appendix
  • Reconsidering the case for enhancing NGO accountability via regulation, Voluntas, January 2012
  • Examining the Robustness of Competing Explanations of Slow Growth in African Countries. 2011. Studies in Economics and Econometrics, 35 (3)21-48. With Stan du Plessis.
  • School effectiveness in Zambia: examining the origins of differences between rural and urban school outcomes. 2011. Development Southern Africa, 28 (2): 157–176.
  • Promoting transparency in the NGO sector: Examining the availability and reliability of self-reported data. 2010. World Development; 38(9): 1263-1277
  • Bridging South Africa’s deep divides: Religious networks as a resource to overcome social and economic exclusion. 2010. In Swart, I., Rocher, H., Green, S.  & Erasmus, J. (eds.) Religion and Social Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa. With Carina van der Watt.
  • Post-Apartheid South Africa: Poverty and Distribution Trends in an Era of Globalization. In Nissanke, M. and Thorbecke, E. 2010. Trends in an Era of Globalization: The Poor under Globalization in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Oxford: Oxford University Press. With Servaas van der Berg and Megan Louw. 
  • Contextualising the Challenge of Social Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Poverty, Exclusion and the Potential Role of Religious Groups. 2010. In Swart, I., Rocher, H. Green, S. & Erasmus, J. (eds.) Religion and Social Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa. With Megan Louw and Carina van der Watt.
  • Socio-economic development and NGOs. In Anheier, H., Toepler, S. and List, R. 2009. International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. New York: Springer. With Trudy Owens.
  • Using an asset index to assess trends in poverty in seven Sub-Saharan African countries, 2008. World Development, Volume 36(6). With Frikkie Booysen, Servaas van der Berg, Gideon du Rand and Michael von Maltitz. 
  • Wealth in a poor African country: Using an index of consumer durables to investigate wealth accumulation of poor households in Ghana. 2008. In Davies, J. (eds.) Personal Wealth in a Global Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press. With Servaas van der Berg, Frikkie Booysen and Michael von Maltitz.
  • How well is the South African public health care system serving its people? In Hofmeyr, J. (ed). 2008 Transformation Audit.
  • Assessing NEPAD as a Growth Strategy. 2007. In Boko, S. H. & Seck, D. (eds.) NEPAD and the future of economic policy in Africa. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press. With Rulof Burger and Stan du Plessis.
  • Book Review of “NGO accountability: Politics, Principles and Innovations”. Journal of International Development, 19 (3) 446 – 447, 2007
  • Enabling Financial Sector Development in African Countries: Case Studies in Four SADC Countries. 2006. Midrand: Southern African Development Bank. With Rulof Burger, Philipp Credé and Eduard Jordaan.
  • What have we learnt from post-1994 innovations in pro-poor service delivery in South Africa: A case study based analysis. Development Southern Africa, Volume 22(4): October 2005.
  • Social delivery in South Africa. In Bernstein, A & Johnston, S. 2005. The Next Decade: Perspectives on South Africa’s Growth and Development.  Johannesburg: Centre for Development and Enterprise.With Servaas van der Berg.
  • Education and socio-economic differentials: A study of school performance in the Western Cape. The South African Journal of Economics, Volume 71(3): September 2003. Co-authored with Servaas van der Berg.
  • Contextualising African Development. In Development Bank of Southern Africa. 2003. Financing Africa’s Development: Enhancing the role of private finance.  Midrand: Southern African Development Bank. With Mohammed Jahed, Sanusha Naidoo and Sampie Terreblanche.

 

Research under consideration for publication:

  • Receive Grants or Perish? The survival prospects of African nongovernmental organisations. Revised and resubmitted to Journal of Development Studies
  • A Model of NGO Regulation with an Application to Uganda. Submitted to Economic Development and Cultural Change. With Indraneel Dasgupta and Trudy Owens.
  • Calculating the benefits of linking ties in a deeply divided society: the case of domestic workers in South Africa. Submitted to Social Networks. With Marisa Coetzee and Carina van der Watt.
  • The role of African NGOs in development. With Trudy Owens. Book proposal accepted by Routledge.

Study Visits and Fellowships

  • Visiting scholar, Institute of Policy Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 5 – 21 January 2010
  • Fellowship for Aspen Institute / ARNOVA (Association for Research on Non-profit Organizations and Voluntary Associations) doctoral seminar, Chicago, 15-16  November 2006
  • Study visit to the Department of Economics, Laval University, Canada for two weeks during March 2005 to work with Louis-Marie Asselin on poverty and inequality trends in African countries.
  • Study visit to the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, UK during June and July 2004 to assist Abigail Barr and Marcel Fafchamps with work on the Ugandan survey of non-profit organisations.
Academic background
  • PhD in Economics, University of Nottingham, 2006 – 2008 (Title: Examining the effectiveness of proposed solutions to information asymmetry problems in the Ugandan NGO sector)
  • MPhil in Economics, Cambridge University, 2001
    • Distinction in specialisation: Development Economics
  • Honours in Economics cum laude, University of Cape Town, 1998
    • Spent first semester of Economics Honours at Princeton University and Rutgers University via informal exchange agreement
  • BA Honours in Journalism, Stellenbosch University, 1997
  • BA cum laude in Economics and Philosophy, Stellenbosch University, 1994 -1996

 

Research funding and scholarships
 
  • Principal Investigator: Vice-rector’s Discretionary Fund,  NRF Thuthuka
  • Applications under consideration:  Medical Research Council Self-Initiated Research Proposal
  • Funding for hosting conferences: Southern Africa Trust, TrustAfrica, Ford Foundation and Africa Collaborative Grant (University of Stellenbosch)
  • Emerging Scholar Award, 2007, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action
  • Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship, 2006
  • National Research Foundation Prestigious Scholarship for doctoral studies abroad, 2006
  • Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust award, 2005 & 2001
  • ABSA award for best student paper at Economic Society of South Africa Conference, 2003
  • Max and Lillie Sonnenberg Scholarship, 2001
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, 2001

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Dominating the domestic headlines last week was the news that South Africa exited a technical recession in 2018Q3. While this was widely expected, the pace of GDP growth surprised on the upside. More on this in the domestic section. After the release of some survey data for the fourth quarter (see domestic section for details), a spate of actual activity...

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