PDG is a public sector consulting firm that supports decision-making in the public interest
We are a multi-disciplinary consulting firm that provides research, policy, evaluation, strategy planning and management support to the public sector with the ultimate goal of improving people’s quality of life.
We have successfully completed over 1000 consulting projects since establishment in 1990. PDG’s success is built on the foundation of over thirty years of consulting experience in providing quality advice and support to a wide range of government departments in all three spheres of government and other public sector stakeholders in South Africa and across the Africa continent
What We Offer
PDG’s core value offering is that of a mixture of high-level professional skills and experience that can be applied across a range of government processes and activities across several sectors. These services are organised into six practice areas.
Beyond the Gap Scenarios for Water Services in South Africa
Large-scale project and portfolio financial viability models
Reclassifying district municipalities in the Western Cape
Defining and costing the public interest function of Catchment Management Agencies in South Africa
When the founding member of Palmer Development Group, Ian Palmer, gets to showcase his other passion post retirement… Here he is singing in the presence of friends and family. A few PDGers went along to support him at The Wild Fig.
Ian Palmer, our founding member of PDG, recently wrote an opinion piece which was published in Business Day, titled “Our democracy depends on local municipalities, not districts”. Read the article here.
“Very good value for money, we got really good expertise, high performance, and they kept the project on track, and focussed on what it need to achieve.”
"There is just something about PDG, like a worldview of how they see things, they have an ability to interpret and respond in term of the need and to respond in an intelligent way".
“I think their great strength is their understanding of municipal and governance systems, how municipalities work. They are very well clued up on tariff setting for water, electricity, rates etc.”
“I like them, I have peace of mind, they are one of those organisations."
“I was a little worried that they might not do the work within the budget that they indicated, but ended up thinking that we overestimated the cost. Definitely value for money.”
“Communication skills are very good and keep you abreast of what’s going on, always interim emails, to give you a sense of what is going on and not waiting for the formal forum.”
“I think that in this field and space, there are limited consultancies in understanding fully what had to happen, that understand the whole concept, assessing the worth and using the theory of change and M&E framework, and PDG understand this.”
“PDG comes on as a genuine partner, also willing to listen to the client and build that in. I really liked seeing was that PDG seemed to bring junior people in as capacity building too."
“The same attitude and work ethic comes through in all the projects, the tariff one was very good and the work is on the website for others to use.”
“PDG is a boutique, specially-focussed outfit with a real, obvious passion for working on South African governance issues. I would recommend them for issues pertaining to municipal governance without hesitation.”
“They bring value beyond a particular project and grapple with complex problems. The team was great to work with.”
“Their reputation, which becomes a circular argument, but it enabled us to get municipalities to engage and share information. That was great, they had a lot of relationships or networks established, and people trust PDG.”