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PII and SALDRU Host the Cape Town Launch of Child Gauge
As part of the Poverty and Inequality Initiative's monthly seminar series, the PII and the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit hosted the Cape Town launch of the South African Child Gauge 2018 in partnership with the Children's...
Children, Families and the State: Collaboration and Contestation
The thirteenth issue of the South African Child Gauge® focuses on children in relation to families and the state, both of which are central to providing for children and supporting their development.
What do Children Need to Thrive? All Children Need Nurturing Care
The 2017 issue of the South African Child Gauge focused attention on what children need to not only survive, but thrive and reach their full potential. While the Child Gauge is targeted at academics, students and decision-makers in government and...
Children's Institute 2017 Annual Report
Our 2017 Annual Report: A Year in Review
Navigating the child policy terrain is not straightforward and we have to remain responsive to an ever-changing political environment. Our latest annual report reviews CI's work and impact within this context.
Download Policy Brief on Child Poverty
This briefing paper summarises a review of research evidence on child poverty in South Africa. The review was initially undertaken in 2011, and was updated in 2017 to reflect more recent studies.

             

 

 

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019
South African Child Gauge 2018: Government to Move Swiftly to Address Gaps in Family Services

UCT News [Nov. 20, 2018] -- More than 6 million of the country’s children regularly go hungry, with dire consequences for their capacity to thrive – or even survive – according to the 2018 South African Child Gauge, which urges the government to move swiftly to address the gaps in family services.

These children live below the food poverty line which, in real terms, means their families cannot provide even the minimum amount of nutrition they need.

Publication Date:
Thu, 22 Nov 2018 - 15:45
Breastfeeding Breaks: Good for Mom. Good for Baby. Good for Business

Very few mothers in South Africa exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months of life as recommended by the World Health Organisation – with only 1 in 4 babies exclusively breastfed by the time they are 4 – 5 months old.  And these low exclusive breastfeeding rates contribute to the high prevalence of malnutrition, diarrhoea, pneumonia and under-five mortality in South Africa. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 01 Aug 2018 - 14:45
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
South Africa Must Focus on its Kids to Meet UN Development Goals Targets

There are still 12 years to go before the UN sustainable development goals are finalised. For South Africa to meet the targets it must focus on providing evidence-based programmes for the most vulnerable and accelerate access to essential services. 

Our overall evaluation is that South Africa has made significant progress with some targets. But it’s still lagging far behind with others.

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 - 13:15
Physical Abuse of Children Proving Costly for South Africa

Many South African children have experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse before they turn 18. While reports of child sexual abuse usually engender moral outrage, physical abuse of children goes largely unnoticed, particularly when such abuse occurs in the home and is seen as ‘discipline’. As we approach this year’s Child Protection Week, it is critical to recognise the mounting social and economic costs of physical abuse of children to the country.

Publication Date:
Tue, 29 May 2018 - 00:15

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