Infusion in partnership with CDI

June 5th, 2012 · No Comments

Infusion’s innovative Contextual Research project, ‘Frank’ has truly come into its own through the creation of an independent research NGO called CDI (Centre for Democratising Information – – an entity that seeks to give more people equitable access to better information about underdeveloped and emerging markets in South Africa.


The partnership between the 2 organisations takes the form of a ground-breaking project called ‘The Community Capabilities Study 2012’ which looks at the lives of South Africans living in different provinces and contexts through 10 thematic lenses:  Culture & Traditions, Democracy, Unemployment, Health, Environment, Media, Technology, Education, Work and Economy.  The Study, which comprises both a large quantitative and qualitative component, is underpinned by the Capabilities Approach of Award Winning Economist Amartya Sen.  The Capabilities Approach as framework allows movement away from the more traditional research focus on what resources people have access to – and allows for a broader exploration of how they utilise these resources to create a life and a future they have reason to value.


The Community Capabilities Study 2012 enjoys support from SAP, Department of Science and Technology, Vodacom, Khumba, CWP and various stakeholders and in addition to Infusion and CDI, research partners include Africa Strategic, New Age and Systems Approach.  To find out more about the study and research findings email

Tags: Community-based participatory research · Developing country · HIV/AIDS · Information · Information scarcity · Research · Social development · South Africa

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