Inclusive, Enabling Communities


Hands up if you love 3D printing innovations!

“My goal is to be able to drive a car one day” says Archie, a South African father with a left hand amputation. Archie and I met at a training workshop where he volunteered as a client for trainees, like myself, who are learning how to make and fit a 3D printed “Robohand“. Robohand’s “3D printing for […]

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Posted on 3 August 2015

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The Children’s Institute on the Child Death Review Pilot: We All Play a Role in Keeping a Child Safe

In March 2014 we told you how little was known about child deaths in the context of violence in South Africa (read the article here).  In that same article we explained that to address this situation, the Children’s Institute has conceptualised a child death review mechanism which we will be piloted in KwaZulu-Natal and the […]

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Posted on 5 June 2015

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Technology making a difference

Lack of access to appropriate health care in rural areas is a well-known problem.  However, in some cases technology can make a real difference. In 2014 we started supporting Dr William Mapham in activities related to the roll-out and testing of the Vula Eye Health App.  This app enables lay people to test for eye […]

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Posted on 23 March 2015

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Reports exploring progress, planning and budgeting to address gender-based violence in South Africa

“Violence against women is pervasive in South Africa where, as in many other countries, cultural values and norms serve to condone and reinforce abusive practices against women”[1].  A number of reports have been released by Government this year and provides important information and feedback with regards to progress made (in terms of implementing the Beijing declaration […]

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Posted on 29 August 2014

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Fatal child abuse in South Africa – what can we gain by establishing Child Death Review Teams?

In Cape Town, we pride ourselves on knowing the number of people who use the Aerial Cableway annually, to reach the top of Table Mountain – recently named among the New7Wonders of Nature. With the City having recently taken the top spot on the New York Times’ list of 52 places to visit in 2014, […]

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Posted on 31 March 2014

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Addressing Domestic Violence in South Africa: Feedback on the South African DOVA Workshop

Mosaic, an NGO specialising in the field of gender-based violence, recently released a short and informative report in which they give feedback on the South African DOVA workshop (download the report here).   This document reports on strategic conversations of NGOs working to address the problem of domestic violence in South Africa.  According to this […]

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Posted on 14 February 2014

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Domestic Violence: It All Starts With the Child

“Do you remember that horrific picture in the Cape Times last year, of a terrified man kneeling in front of a crowd in Khayelitsha preparing to necklace him?  As if that scene wasn’t bad enough, the really bone-chilling stuff was happening behind him, where mothers stood holding the hands of their toddlers as they too […]

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Posted on 6 March 2013

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Join the billions rising against violence and abuse against women and children

This morning I received a concept document by the Parliamentary Millennium Programme for events in Cape Town to support the international One Billion Rising Campaign.  The statistics cited in the document made me choke in my coffee.  According to the United Nations 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during […]

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Posted on 25 January 2013

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The Centre for Child Law on strategic impact litigation

Based on a learning brief prepared by the Centre for Child Law Although the legal framework for children’s rights in South Africa is extremely progressive, the fact that South Africa is a developing country means that the realization of the rights guaranteed to children presents a great challenge. As a result, it is necessary that […]

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Posted on 16 March 2012

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DGMT Social Capital Development in 2011

The key aims of the DGMT Social Capital Development strategy is to build the capacity in planning, management, monitoring and networking of local service organisations and societies that support the marginalised populations targeted in the Inclusion Portfolio mobilise locally co-ordinated action by key community partners through support to specific programmes and interest groups develop collaborative […]

Posted on 23 November 2011

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