We conducted a total of 59 one on one interviews see the list of references for

We conducted a total of 59 one on one interviews see

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which these institutions report. We conducted a total of 59 one-on-one interviews (see the list of references for organisations interviewed). Our interview schedule, though slightly varied depending on the respondent, focused on the following issues: Understanding of the mandate of Chapter 9 institutions by both the Chapter 9 institution and CSOs; Whether the relationship between Chapter 9 institutions and CSOs is prescribed in legislation, or is a result of operational necessity, where it does exist; Current state of the relationship and how they would prefer it to be structured; and Identification of instances that illustrate both a successful and a difficult relationship between each Chapter 9 institution and a particular CSO in a similar area. 1.4.3 Case studies We had hoped to compile two case studies in each focus area: one illustrating a successful relationship that yielded a tangible outcome that benefited a sizeable community of vulnerable people, and another demonstrating a difficult relationship that highlighted the problems that have beset Chapter 9s and CSOs, incapacitating both institutions and preventing them from working in a manner that engenders anything significant. However, we were unable to compile two case studies in all three focus areas. This was only possible in the case of the SAHRC. We could only come up with one case study in relation to OPP, and only with the help of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR). The OPP could only cite one case in which it had co-operated with CSOs. However, when we asked for a copy of the relevant report, we were informed by the OPP that we could not have access to it ‘in terms of the provisions of the Public Protector Act’. The case study that we eventually did use was provided by LHR. As for the CGE and civil society, we could only discern brief and disparate episodes of interaction. Our interviews did not bring out anything that amounted to a sustained interaction between the GCE and a particular CSO culminating in a particular tangible outcome. Our case studies are therefore uneven both in terms of numbers and detail. That we were able to identify numerous case studies in the case of the SAHRC and civil society, from which we chose two, and very little on the other two institutions, is in itself telling, not only of the saliency of the issues in which these institutions are involved, but also of their prominence and impact in their respective areas. 1.4.4 Reference group A reference group was constituted to assist the research team throughout the course of the research. The group was made up of representatives from civil society with direct interest in the three Chapter 9s – the CGE and the SAHRC (the OPP refused to 15
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participate) – and officials from the state departments that deal with these institutions.
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