Increasing Access to Employment Through Government Programmes: Experience with Expanded Public Works Programme and Community Development Workers

by LUKA, S., 2005
Research Report, Employment Growth & Development Initiative, Human Sciences Research Council

Luka provides an overview of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and its role in supporting community development. It assesses the Community Development Workers (CDW) programme, the principles and rationale for using community development workers, and the nature and scope of their work. It looks specifically at their training, and identifies several challenges in this regard. The CDW programme was fairly new and very little research had been done to assess its impact. The main challenges were around avoiding duplication with the functions of various national, provincial and local departments or forums at community level. The report underlines the need to assess the impact of the CDW programme and implement appropriate measures to address these challenges.