Hands-on

Through our Hands-on Learning publication, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learned so that others are able to draw from and build on their experiences.

Hands-on Issue 15 (June-Sept 2019)

  • Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP)

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  • Alcohol Harms Reduction

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  • Faith-based organisations

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  • Hands-on Learning Issue 15

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Hands-on Issue 14 (Jan-May 2019)

  • Steps to address South Africa’s dropout crisis

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  • Building communities free of violence

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  • Networks as amplifiers of social impact

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  • Hands-on Learning Issue 14

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Hands-on Issue 13 (Oct-Dec 2018)

  • How not to trip up on the digital highway: Lessons from social innovators developing e-platforms

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  • The power of engaging around stories: Evidence from the Biblionef and Western Cape Education Department Book Project

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  • Connecting South Africans around motherhood:  Three strategic insights that have shaped the mission of Embrace

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Hands-on Issue 12 (Sept-Dec 2014)

  • Understanding Quality Assurance in a social franchising context

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  • aeioTu: an example of an Early Childhood Development social franchise in South America

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  • NGO volunteering as a first rung strategy for tackling youth unemployment

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  • Growing young readers and writers: underpinnings of the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign

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

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  • Yes, we can: the ‘how to’ of creating school libraries that support self-directed approaches to learning.

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  • The same but different … mediating meaningful employment for persons with disabilities

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Hands-on Issue 11 (May-Jun 2014)

  • Exploring the Employment Tax Incentive: why, how and could it work?

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  • Developing potential: How technology can help to scale-up provisioning of early childhood development in South Africa

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  • Developing the Shine Centre Model as a social franchise – key considerations

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  • Taking early childhood development services and programmes to scale: exploring the potential of social franchising

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  • The Hard Work of Soft Skills: Securing Job Placements for Technical and Vocational Education and Training College Graduates

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  • Preparing for an Ageing Population – Policy Implications for South Africa

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  • Nal’ibali Reading for Enjoyment Campaign

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  • The Language of Access

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

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Hands-on Issue 10 (Jan-Apr 2014)

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

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  • The FunDza Literacy Trust: Evaluating a technology-driven reading for pleasure programme

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  • The DG Murray Trust Early Thinking Project: Developing early thinking with Philosophy for Children

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  • Fix Forward: An increase in income equals an increase in quality of life – or does it?

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  • Working with government services: Lessons from the Perinatal Mental Health Project

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  • The Case for National Senior Certificate Second Chance Programmes: Evidence from DG Murray Trust Partners

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

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  • Youth leadership development in South Africa – are we stuck? A funder’s perspective

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Hands-on Issue 9 (Sept-Dec 2013)

  • National Association of Child Care Workers: Development of a Service Delivery Model for Community Based Professional Child and Youth Care Services

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  • ACTIVATE! – Evaluating Youth Leadership for Policy Impact

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  • Working Rigorously With Stories: Introducing the Impact Story Tool

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  • Dreamworker: Deepening our learning and improving our service using a Strategic Conversation Matrix Process

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Hands-on Issue 8 (May-Sept 2013)

  • Transitional Support for Youth Leaving Care

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  • The challenges and lessons learned in securing post-school placements for township-based matrics: Achieving against the odds

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  • Much More Than Counting: Supporting mathematics development between birth and five years (summary)

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  • Mother-infant booksharing: Stellenbosch University shares their implementation experience

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  • Are children’s rights prioritised at a time of budget cuts? Assessing the adequacy of the 2013/14 social development budgets for funding of Children’s Act services (summary)

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Hands-on Issue 7 (Jan-Apr 2013)

  • The Institutional and Policy Landscape for ECD Practitioner Training and Development for those working with 0-4 Year-olds’

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

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  • How Rural Youth Access Information on Tertiary Education Opportunities

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  • Learning from experience – Building a Monitoring and Evaluation system for FunDza

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  • Giving second chances: Midlands Community College’s Maths, Science, Technology ` Recovery’ Project

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  • Scaling upwards and outwards – “Franchising” early childhood development projects

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  • How can teachers be assisted to use learner results to inform effective teaching?

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Hands-on Issue 6 (Sept-Dec 2012)

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

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  • Lessons from a review of DGMT’s bursary partners

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  • Exploring the factors that stimulate agency

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  • Improving children’s developmental outcomes through the Community Work Programme

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  • Tackling the registration issues experienced by unregistered child care facilities

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  • Tackling the challenge of intestinal worms: A rural ECD perspective

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  • How to develop a crèche in a poor and marginalised area

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

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Hands-on Issue 5 (May - Aug 2012)

  • Providing access to intervention support for rural children with cerebral palsy

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  • Developing literacy through home visiting programmes: The case of the Family in Focus (FIF) programme

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  • Learning through Doing: Measuring leadership development

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  • Reflecting on the Network Action Group Future Leaders Programme – a model for building social capital in poor communities

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  • Scaling up Rural Youth Development

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  • Helping young people in South Africa’s townships succeed against the odds

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  • Developing health care professionals for rural areas

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Hands-on Issue 4 (Jan-Apr 2012)

  • Reflecting on models of support for children in places of safety: Give a Child a Family

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  • Mentor Mothers Eastern Cape: Philani’s Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Rural Initiative

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  • Wild Coast Rural Schools Development Project: Changing Young Teachers’ Minds about Teaching in Rural Areas

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  • Rural Education Access programme: Creating Higher Education Opportunities for Determined Rural Students

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  • Activate! South Africa’s new leaders and public innovators

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  • Narrowing the literacy gap: Making a case for the importance of early language and literacy development in South Africa

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  • How can we accelerate reading development? Insights from India

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Hands-On Issue 3 (Sept-Dec 2011)

  • What good are food gardens? A brief review of South African literature

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  • IkamvaYouth: Equipping learners to access tertiary education and employment opportunities

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  • Career Planet: Connecting youth to opportunity using mobile technology

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  • Thinking about the Early Child: Ububele’s community-based child care workers

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  • The Shine Centre: Words can Change Worlds

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  • The Perinatal Mental Health Project: Addressing the crisis of Maternal Mental Illness among Economically Disadvantaged Women

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Hands-On Issue 2 (May-Aug 2011)

  • Growth Sparks by Ilifa Labantwana

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  • South Africa’s vulnerable ageing population

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  • Perspectives on Leadership Development – Lessons from Life and Practice

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  • Go for Gold: Mediating Opportunity Connections for Youth in the Construction Industry

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  • Social Change Assistance Fund

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  • Improving how schools work – through better organisation and planning

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Hands-On Issue 1 (Jan-Apr 2011)

  • Connecting to higher education opportunities

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  • Sumbandila Outliers Programme

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  • Wordworks community interventions for early literacy learning

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  • Which Math Materials Improve Teaching and Learning?

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