The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)

The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) is an independent research institute based in Johannesburg. Established in May 2010, the Institute brings theoretically-informed social science research into the service of answering some of the major questions facing the public sector.  PARI approaches this from two angles: analyses of the organisational dynamics of the public sector and research into social change, citizenship and governance.


  • work with government partners to improve the capacity and accountability of the public sector
  • improve the quality of public debate and scholarly discussion in South Africa about the public sector and the state, as well as state-society relations
  • support the development of a cohort of talented researchers and scholars to undertake rigorous research on the challenges of building state capacity.



PARI invites applications for the PARI-PSETA Scholarship Programme available for Masters study at the University of the Witwatersrand. The scholarships will support talented postgraduate students in the fields of education, sociology, economics and relevant social science disciplines interested in critically exploring the nature, purpose or proposed models of skills development and capacity building in the public service in South Africa.

PARI and PSETA wish to support research which provides new insights into how to measure and develop capacity in the public sector and develop approaches to skills development and training.  Successful candidates do not have to take the meaning of the concepts ‘capacity building’ and ‘skills development’ as given and can interpret these concepts critically and in relation to a wide range of social science literature. Students may apply qualitative or quantitative approaches (such as conducting survey research).

More information about the scholarships and the application form can be found here.

PARI is an equal opportunity organisation. Being sensitive to the imperative of correcting past injustices which bear upon the present, it does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, colour, gender, ethnicity, nationality, social origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language, and any other classification advanced and protected in the Constitution and law.


For information about vacancies at PARI, email Mpho Mohapi at


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University of the Withwatersrand