Learning Briefs: Inclusive, Enabling Communities


Hands-on Learning Issue 14 – Networks as amplifiers of social impact

Dynamic networks are amplifier strategies that enable social innovators to achieve two vital objectives: scale and impact. DGMT supports a number of initiatives that use strategies to mobilise large, ever-growing networks of people. A social network is a connected group of people who interact in different ways to inform, influence and mutually benefit each other. […]

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Posted on 8 Jul 2019

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A new model for community-based infant hearing screening … lessons from recent research

Recent national surveys in the private and public health care sectors of South Africa reveal that roughly 90% of newborns have no prospect of having their hearing screened. Undetected hearing impairment can lead to persistent language, speech and cognitive delays with serious social and economic consequences for the individual.  Here, a new model for community-based […]

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Posted on 19 Feb 2015

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Preparing for an Ageing Population – Policy Implications for South Africa

South Africa’s fertility rate is declining and it is projected that this trend will continue. When persistent low fertility leads to a decline in the size of successive birth cohorts, it means that the population will start ageing. In this learning brief, HelpAge International considers what this means for the demands that will inevitably be placed on […]

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Posted on 11 Sep 2014

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Facilitating the registration of Child and Youth Care Centres in South Africa

The new Children’s Act 38 of 2005 requires that all existing Child and Youth Care Centres in South Africa re-register with the Department of Social Development by April 2015.  For many of these Centres, the registration process is proving to be difficult and costly to navigate, thereby potentially preventing them from continuing to offer a vital service […]

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Posted on 11 Sep 2014

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How can we strengthen Primary Health Care for children with Cerebral Palsy in rural areas?

Worldwide, the assessment and diagnosis of children with Cerebral Palsy is a complex and contested area, as it relies on access to specialised medical and rehabilitation personnel.  In South Africa, these resources are in short supply and usually not available in resource-constrained public health settings. In this learning brief, the Disability Action Research Team (DART) […]

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Posted on 3 Jun 2014

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Introducing Child Death Review Teams in South Africa: learning from international models

South Africa’s first national child homicide study conducted in 2009, established for the first time the relationship between child homicide and fatal child abuse in the country.  This finding has increased efforts to promote the introduction of child death review teams in South Africa, so as to ensure that a comprehensive review is automatically done […]

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Posted on 2 Jun 2014

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Transitional Support for Youth Leaving Care

Mamelani Projects, based in Cape Town, has developed a programme of support for young people transitioning out of state care. Recently, Mamelani has been engaging with key stakeholders in this sector, in an eff ort to articulate practice guidelines for a transitional care model that could be utilised by the sector more broadly. In this […]

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Posted on 7 Oct 2013

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Towards a more inclusive Special Needs Group Housing Programme in South Africa: Addressing a Situation of Crisis

Despite South Africa’s progressive constitution which enshrines the right to adequate shelter for all, those who are most vulnerable and in special need are seldom able to access state housing assistance.  An urgent and concerted response is therefore required in order to address this situation and to enable improved access to housing for those in […]

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Posted on 31 May 2013

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Using international policy instruments to address gender-based violence and abuse in South Africa

Gender based violence, often expressed as sexual abuse of both women and children, is rampant in South Africa, but is seems as though the political will to seriously address the problem is lacking. In the absence of any impact after local advocacy efforts, it has been imperative to look at the international community as a […]

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Posted on 1 Feb 2013

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Tackling the registration issues experienced by unregistered child care facilities

The South African Children’s Act regulates the registration of what it terms child and youth care centres. Children in unregistered facilities often lack social work services, and thus miss out on opportunities to be reunified with their families, or to be fostered or adopted. Despite the undeniable benefits of registration, there are concerns that the […]

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Posted on 31 Jan 2013

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