WHAT IS THE CWP:
The CWP creates an employment safety net by providing participants with a minimum level of regular, part-time work – in practice two days a week or eight days a month. The daily wage is R65 a day.
The programme is targeted at unemployed and underemployed women and men of working age and aims to give those willing and able to work the opportunity to do. This provides unemployed people with a regular income, and the dignity of participating in productive work. The work performed in the CWP has to be ‘useful work’: defined as work that creates public goods and services and/or improves the quality of life in poor communities. By using participatory approaches to decide on such work, the CWP strengthens local participation in development planning; and by using non-profit agencies to implement the programme, CWP builds development capacity at community level and new forms of partnership between local government, civil society and communities.
Current institutional arrangements
The CWP National Steering Committee provides strategic oversight of the CWP. It is made up of a number of key government stakeholders — currently the Presidency, National Treasury, Department of Public Works, Department of Social Development, Economic Development Department and Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.
At the national level, the CWP is managed by the Department of Cooperative Governance through its CWP Unit. Within each province, the provincial department responsible for local government is responsible for the planning, coordination and oversight of the CWP. This department is advised by a CWP Provincial Steering Committee and supported by Municipalities at the district and local levels.
On a national level, there are three lead agents. Lead Agents (LA) are responsible for site inception and inducting new Implementing Agents (IA) into the CWP. Implementing Agents (IA) are expected to manage multiple sites within a province, manage and oversee the CWP in the province including site inception and site implementation and appoint Local Implementing Agents. Local Implementing Agents (LIA)have their primary place of operation within the municipality of the site(s) they manage.
Reference Committees play a key role in the CWP. These local structures are made up of local community stakeholders, respected community leaders and people from local government. Many also include officials from local offices of provincial government departments, such as Social Development, Health, Education and Agriculture.