Hands-on Issue 6 (Sept-Dec 2012)


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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Lessons from a review of DGMT’s bursary partners

For many years, the DG Murray Trust has supported programmes which provide financial and psychosocial support to young people with the aim of increasing their access to higher and further education, and lowering or preventing educational drop-out rates. In early 2012, DGMT commissioned an evaluative review of seven such bursary partners to find out what […]

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Posted on 1 Feb 2013

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Exploring the factors that stimulate agency

In this learning brief Lucca Leadership South Africa looks at the factors that awaken and develop agency – the drive within an individual, organisation or community to make a difference that uplifts others around them in order to make the world a better place for all. They consider the key factors and barriers to creating […]

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Posted on 31 Jan 2013

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Improving children’s developmental outcomes through the Community Work Programme

The government’s Community Work Programme (CWP) provides regular, predictable part-time employment in communities where poverty is deep, endemic, and intractable, and where sustainable livelihoods are difficult to maintain. According to the early childhood development programme, ITEC, a percentage of CWP participants also have the inclination and skills to provide essential social services such as caring for […]

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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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Tackling the challenge of intestinal worms: A rural ECD perspective

Intestinal worms and their impact on child health and development is a major health issue throughout the country but particularly in rural areas where lack of adequate sanitation and the large number of free roaming livestock and domestic animals exacerbate the problem. Through their early childhood development programme the Angus Gillis Charitable Trust is trying […]

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Posted on 31 Jan 2013

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How to develop a crèche in a poor and marginalised area

In this learning brief the Ekukhanyeni Relief Project describes the process of registering with the Department of Social Development (DSD) as a Place of Care to allow them to access enabling grants. There seems to be an either/or situation where crèches that cannot meet requirements for DSD registration are overlooked by government and in many […]

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Posted on 31 Jan 2013

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Assessing the ability of loveLife goGogetters to improve outcomes for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

loveLife’s goGogetter programme aims to assist Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) by changing the circumstances that add to their vulnerability.  This is done by establishing and drawing on social networks and building social capital through elderly women called goGogetters. In 2011 a series of three case studies was done to establish whether the structured social […]

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Posted on 31 Jan 2013

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