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Hands-on Learning Issue 27

Through the newly rebranded edition of our Hands-on Learning publication developed in June 2023, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learnt so that others can draw from and build on their experiences. Putting children first: What can […]

Learning Brief – Putting children first: What can South Africa learn from other countries?

Early childhood development (ECD) is one of the most powerful levers to unlock South Africa’s potential and is recognised by government as a national priority. Yet the first nationally representative survey of pre-school children, Thrive by Five, found that 57% of children attending early learning programmes (ELPs) are not on track to meet normative development […]

Ilifa Labantwana: A system change case study

Ilifa Labantwana is a South African NGO that is driving system change in early childhood development (ECD). It does this by strengthening and co-creating the institutions, strategies, and practices that the ECD ecosystem needs to thrive, and increasingly, by situating ECD as a multi-dimensional route to shifting South African inequality. This case study was undertaken […]

Will the food industry sacrifice its fat profits for health?

South Africa’s growing obesity epidemic won’t be reversed by preaching healthier eating habits and exercise alone; there’s a growing realisation that the food industry needs to change. Driving through Mpumalanga recently, it was inspiring to see how South Africa’s largest food seller, Shoprite, helps locals to sell fruit and vegetables grown in community gardens in some […]

Saving our kids from food insecurity with double discounts on key items

Dr David Harrison, DGMT CEO, speaks to Cape Talk’s John Maytham about closing the gap between the food poverty line and the child support grant. They also discuss the simplicity of getting the basics in place so that South Africa’s children can thrive. One such basic solution is ensuring South Africa’s children are suitably nourished […]

Newzroom Afrika Interview – DGMT’s Change Ideas Initiative

Newzroom Afrika Interview – DGMT’s Change Ideas Initiative

Change Ideas: Public policies to change our world DGMT’s new initiative, Change Ideas, through policy briefs, advocacy and engagements with decision-makers and the public, aims to address issues facing South Africa, delve into their root causes, leverage proven research (both locally and internationally) and propose practical solutions that are readily scalable. Change Ideas brings together […]

SABC News Interview – DGMT’s Change Ideas Initiative

SABC News Interview – DGMT’s Change Ideas Initiative

Change Ideas: Public policies to change our world DGMT’s new initiative, Change Ideas, through policy briefs, advocacy and engagements with decision-makers and the public, aims to address issues facing South Africa, delve into their root causes, leverage proven research (both locally and internationally) and propose practical solutions that are readily scalable. Change Ideas brings together […]

Political party positions and unlocking Early Childhood Development (ECD) for every child

Investing in young children is the most effective action countries can take to break cycles of inter-generational poverty and inequality. This means ensuring children have access to quality early learning programmes across the board. But this is lacking in our country where an estimated 1.5 million children don’t have access to the type of cognitive […]