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 […]

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 […]

Putting children first

The Learning Lunch podcast explores ideas, approaches and social innovations – creating opportunity for non-profit organisations’ teams to discover what others are learning and space to reflect on what these insights might mean for their own strategy and programme implementation. Download takeaway instructions Imagine a world where every child is loved, nourished, and protected—where they […]

Tintswalo: A cynical allegory of delivery

When South African presidents speak, their audiences listen with weary hearts, exhausted by disappointment and deferred promises. So, when President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) this month, he would have been acutely aware of how weary South Africans have become. A February poll suggested that his party, the ANC, would likely get a […]

Learning Brief – Blended learning: When partnerships spark innovation

This learning brief explores how partnerships between government, civil society and communities led to innovations aimed at tackling a number of challenges impacting quintile 1–3 schools in South Africa, serving some of the country’s poorest children. To read this learning brief, download a PDF here or read it magazine-style on ISSUU here.       […]

Let’s close the food gap

Let’s close the food gap Find out how YOU can support this campaign at home We call on businesses and government to make nutritious food more affordable The right to sufficient food is enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution, which also guarantees children the right to basic nutrition. Although we live in a country that produces […]

Learning Brief – Power, Access And Agency: Understanding Barriers To Parental Involvement

Parents are the first educators of their children. Their ability to know and love their children has unparalleled benefits. Research shows that encouragement and support from parents/caregivers, not necessarily assistance with specific homework, improves learner achievement even for children attending schools where education is not of the highest quality. Although parents have untapped power – […]

A (Women’s) Day of Reflection

Could you tell? Our media, usually flooded with Women’s Month sales, and calls to wear our doeks, or for men to wear heels, was notably more subdued. As South Africans, we have always been ambivalent about how we mark historically important days. Many of these days are in memory of some of the darkest parts […]

Pregnant women and moms now have one-stop site for expert COVID-19 info

A collaboration between South African NGOs is one of the first in the world to create a COVID-19 information platform for pregnant women and mothers as they grapple with so many unknowns during the pandemic. Focusing on physical and mental health, they provide expert input on what many mothers are thinking about, such as the […]