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South African Child Gauge

An annual monitor of the situation of South Africa’s children, and the realisation of their rights

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

CI directors past and present: Prof Marian Jacobs, Prof Shirley Pendlebury, Associate Prof Shanaaz Mathews (started Oct. 2012), and Dr Maylene Shung-King

View short video clips: Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

"The Child Gauge takes the powerful knowledge of the University and puts it in a form which is readable." Prof Crain Soudien, UCT Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

The editorial team, and representatives from the Presidency (left) and UNICEF South Africa (right)

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

UNICEF South Africa deputy representative, George Laryea-Adjei

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

"The seventh edition of the Child Gauge places an appropriate focus on poverty and inequality as it affects the children of our country." Minister Trevor Manuel

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

"Paying attention to children’s equality rights helps ... for them to develop into full and productive members of society who can participate as equals." Prof Sandra Liebenberg, Stellenbosch University

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

"It provides a useful tool in understanding the complexities of the issues facing children and the challenges that we face as a nation in formulating our response." Minister Trevor Manuel

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

"Relative to adults, many more children are concentrated at the bottom end of the income distribution." Kath Hall, Children's Institute

Launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012

Human Rights Commissioner, Lindiwe Mokate, delivered a message of support at the launch.

Child poverty
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Child Gauge spotlights inequality and povertySmith C 2012UCT Alumni and Develpment news, 13 November 2012. 

Children, poverty and the changing family since 1994 Hall K & Budlender D 2013 Paper presented by Hall K, at the 20 Year Review roundtable on Children and the Changing Family, the Presidency, Union Buildings, Pretoria, 15 May 2013.

Accommodating the Poor? A review of the Housing Subsidy Scheme and its implications for childrenHall K 2005In: Leatt A & Rosa S (eds) Towards a Means to Live: Targeted poverty alleviation to make children’s rights real. [CD-ROM]

Towards a Means to Live: Targeting poverty alleviation to realise children’s rightsLeatt A, Rosa S & Hall K 2005In: Leatt A & Rosa S (eds) Towards a Means to Live: Targeting poverty alleviation to make children’s rights real. [CD-ROM & hard copy]

South African Child Gauge 2012

 

South African Child Gauge 2012Hall K, Woolard I, Lake L & Smith C (eds) 2012Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

Social assistance for children in South Africa – UpdateGuthrie T July 2002

Children’s Institute amicus curiae affidavit in Sithasolwazi Stemele and Minister for Social Development, case no. 14/1/4/-206/10, South Gauteng High CourtProudlock P, Hall K, Meintjes H & Jamieson L October 2011

South African Child Gauge 2012: Children and inequality: Closing the gapLake L, Hall K, Woolard I & Smith C 2012Poster accompanying the South African Child Gauge 2012, published by the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town.

Comprehensive review of the provision of social assistance to children in family careBudlender D, Proudlock P, Hall K, Jamieson L & Meintjes H 2012Report for the Department of Social Development, by the Community Agency for Social Enquiry and the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town.

Developing social policy for children in the context of HIV/AIDS: A South African case studyBudlender D, Proudlock P & Jamieson L 2008A Children's Institute Case Study, Number 3, December 2008.Children's Institute & Community Agency for Social Enquiry

Orphaning and the Foster Child Grant: Return to the ‘care or cash’ debateHall K & Proudlock P 2011Presented to official from National Treasury, 23 June 2011.

 

Children and inequality: Closing the gapHall K, Woolard I, Lake L & Smith C 2012Policy brief accompanying the South African Child Gauge 2012, published by the Children's Institute, UCT.

Childhood poverty in South AfricaMartin P & Rosa S November 2002Based on a paper by Guthrie T.

Orphaning and the Foster Child Grant: Return to the ‘care or cash’ debateHall K & Proudlock P 2011Presented by Hall to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, Parliament, 14 June 2011.

 

Children and inequality: South African Child Gauge 2012Viviers A & Lake L 2012Accompanying children's summary, published by the Children's Institute, UCT, and UNICEF.

Currently available grants for childrenMvulane Z 2002Prepared for ACESS provincial workshops and grants awareness training, November 2002

Orphaning and the Foster Child Grant: Return to the ‘care or cash’ debateHall K & Proudlock P 2011Presented to the Department of Social Development, Pretoria, 8 June 2011.

Child Protection Week 2003 Fact sheet No. 2: Child povertyProudlock P 2003

Towards a Means to Live: Targeting poverty alleviation to make children’s rights realLeatt A & Rosa S (eds) 2005A series of discussion papers on selected poverty alleviation programmes that impact on children’s lives [CD-ROM].

Addressing child rights and child labour – A poverty strategy for South Africa?Nicolaou K & Durieux M, Labour and UIF Directorate: National TreasuryPresented at seminar Research priorities in the area of the interface between children’s well-being and unemployment in South Africa, hosted by the Children’s Institute, the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) and Save the Children Sweden, Cape Town, 14 October 2005

 

South African Child Gauge 2009/2010: Children & healthLake L, Berry L, Hall K, Rhode J, Kibel M, Gantcheva R, Pendlebury S & Smith C 2010Poster-map [pdf 713 kb, print size A1] accompanying South African Child Gauge 2009/2010.

Toward the development of a family policy for South Africa: A call for an effective, robust poverty alleviation strategyBerry L & Makiwane M 2012 Paper presented at the Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality: Towards Carnegie III conference, University of Cape Town, 3 – 7 September 2012.

Breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty Hall K 2013In: Hofmeyr J (ed) Transformation Audit 2012. The Youth Divided: Unlocking the potential of young South Africans. Cape Town: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

South African Child Gauge 2006: Children and PovertyBerry L, Hall K, Leatt A, Marera D-H, Monson J, Redpath J, Shung-King M & Smith C 2006Poster-map accompanying the South African Child Gauge 2006.

Support for children: Social services and social securityLeatt A & Hall K 2012In: Kibel M, Saloojee H & Westwood T (eds) Child Health for All. 5th Edition.Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa.

“We are thrown away people”: Growing up in the Flats of Manenberg, a case studyDe Lannoy A 2012Paper presented at the Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality: Towards Carnegie III conference, University of Cape Town, 3 – 7 September 2012.

Issue paper on social security for children in South Africa Guthrie T & Footner L 2000Prepared for the Committee of Inquiry for a Comprehensive Social Security System in South Africa.

Children and inequality: An emerging pictureHall K 2012Presented at the launch of the South African Child Gauge 2012, Cape Town, 17 October 2012.

Childhood poverty in South Africa: a review of evidenceGuthrie T February 2002

Child Support Grant age extension regulations: Comment on the December 2009 regulations and the Minister’s briefing of 9 February 2010Proudlock P 2010Written and oral presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Social Development, Parliament, February 2010.

Extending the Child Support Grant to children under 18 years: A fact sheetRosa S & Meintjes H September 2004Prepared for the Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security (ACESS)

Children and inequality: An introduction and overview Hall K & Woolard I 2012 In: Hall K, Woolard I, Lake L & Smith C (eds) South African Child Gauge 2012.

Children and income inequalityHall K & Woolard I 2012Presented by Hall, K at the Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality: Towards Carnegie III conference, University of Cape Town, 3 – 7 September 2012.

How good is service delivery now?Leatt A 2004Published in ACESS News, August 2004

Isibindi: Innovative approaches to rural development through the delivery of child and youth care serviceJamieson L & Thumbadoo Z 2012Paper presented at the Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality: Towards Carnegie III conference, University of Cape Town, 3 – 7 September 2012.

Submission on draft regulations: Extension of the Child Support Grant and proposed introduction of a new school enrollment and attendance conditionJoint submission submitted on 11 December 2009 by the Children's Institute (University of Cape Town), Black Sash, Alliance for Children's Entitlement to Social Security, Childline South Africa, Disabled Children's Action Group, National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers, Children’s Rights Centre, Caring Schools Network, Save the Children UK (SA Programme), Save the Children Sweden (Southern Africa Programme).

Straight talk: Children’s narratives of povertyMeintjes H 2012Paper presented at the Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality: Towards Carnegie III conference, University of Cape Town, 3 – 7 September 2012.

Children in South Africa: A glance through two lensesMeintjes H & Hall K 2012Presented at the international seminar on Shaping Research, Policy and Practice for Children and Youth: Sharing and Reflecting on Lessons for the Future from a Decade of Experience, Cape Town, 13 – 15 May 2012.

A profile of children living in South Africa in 2008Hall K & Wright G 2010Journal of Economics and Econometrics, 34(3), November 2010: 45-68.

Lessons learned from the campaign to expand the Child Support Grant in South AfricaProudlock P 2011In: Handa S, Devereux S & Webb D (eds) Social Protection for Africa’s Children. United Kingdom: Routledge.

When the grant stops, the hope stops. The impact of the lapsing of the Child Support Grant at age 15: Testimonies from caregivers of children aged 15 to 18Seyisi K & Proudlock P 2009Report for Parliament, October 2009. Children’s Institute, Black Sash & the Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security (ACESS).

Pilot of the Care Dependency Grant Assessment Tool: Consolidated reportPhilpott S, Berry L & Hall K 2009 Study commissioned by the Department of Social Development: Disability and Old Age Grants Directorate.

Breaking the cycle of poverty: What kind of change is needed for schools to make a difference?Rudolph N, Berry L & Lake L 2012 Paper presented at the Strategies to Overcome Poverty and Inequality: Towards Carnegie III conference, University of Cape Town, 3 – 7 September 2012.

Child inequality in South AfricaWright G, Laryea-Adjei G, Gelders B & Hall K 2011Presented at the second Child Poverty Roundtable, hosted by the Programme to Support Pro-poor Policy Development, the Presidency; United Nations Children’s Fund; Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town; and the Centre for the Analysis of South African Social Policy, University of Oxford, Cape Town, 17 November 2011.

Income poverty, unemployment and social grantsHall K 2010In: Kibel M, Lake L, Pendlebury S & Smith C (eds) South African Child Gauge 2009/2010.

Inequality in South Africa: An overviewLeibbrandt M & Hall K 2011Presented at the second Child Poverty Roundtable, hosted by the Programme to Support Pro-poor Policy Development, the Presidency; United Nations Children’s Fund; Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town; and the Centre for the Analysis of South African Social Policy, University of Oxford, Cape Town, 17 November 2011.

Children's rights to health – from survival to optimal developmentLake L 2011Presented at the Western Cape Government Health and Wellness Summit, Cape Town, 8 November 2011.

Orphaning and the Foster Child Grant: A return to the ‘care or cash’ debateHall K & Proudlock P 2011Presented by Hall at the international symposium, Social Protection in Southern Africa: New opportunities for development, hosted by the Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg, 23 – 25 May 2011.

Addressing inequality and quality: Meaningful access to educationHall K & Pendlebury S 2011Presented at the Rising Powers symposium hosted by the School of Education, University of Cape Town, 7 March 2011.

Child poverty in South Africa – an overviewHall K, Chennels M, Roman T & Murambiwa R 2011Presented at the first Child Poverty Roundtable hosted by the Programme to Support Pro-poor Policy Development, the Presidency, and the United Nations Children’s Fund, Pretoria, 10 May 2011.

ACESS requests extension of the CSG to 18 years to be put on the ANC election agenda - Submission to ANC regional branchesMpokotho C & Rosa S, November 2003

Extension of the CSG to children under 14 years: Monitoring reportRosa S & Mpokoto C 2004Produced jointly with the Alliance for Children's Entitlement to Social Security (ACESS), March 2005

Children, poverty, HIV and care: A statistical profile of the Eastern CapeHall K 2011Presented at the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council/Eastern Cape AIDS Council Workshop on Orphans and Vulnerable Children, East London, 13 April 2011.

At all costs? Applying the means test for the Child Support GrantBudlender B, Rosa H & Hall K 2005Children's Institute and Centre for Actuarial Research, University of Cape Town, September 2005

Growing up in the panel: Towards longitudinal measurement of child povertyHall K 2011Presented at the third Conference of the International Society of Child Indicators, University of York, United Kingdom, 27 – 29 July 2011.

Grant extension needs speeding upRosa S 2003In: ChildrenFIRST, April/May 2003

Implementation of the Child Support Grant: A study of four provinces and recommendations for improved service deliveryGoldblatt B, Rosa S & Hall K 2006Centre for Applied Legal Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, and Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, January 2006

A national child poverty monitor for South AfricaHall K 2011Presented at the Being Poor Matters conference, hosted by the Programme to Support Pro-poor Policy Development, the Presidency, Pretoria, 24 – 25 August 2011.

The Child Support Grant and Budget 2002: The implications for child poverty reliefCassiem S, Proudlock P & Streak J March 2002IDASA Budget Brief 95, March 2002

Place and mobility: New possibilities for exploring child poverty dynamics in South AfricaHall K 2010Presented at the conference Overcoming Inequality and Structural Poverty in South Africa: Towards inclusive growth and development, hosted by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS); the Chronic Poverty Research Centre; the Isandla Institute; the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII); and the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development, a joint initiative of the Presidency, Republic of South Africa, and the Delegation of the European Union, 20 – 23 September 2010.

Comments on the proposed regulations and tools for social assistance for children with disabilitiesGuthrie T & Adnams C 2001Submission to the Department of Social Development, October 2001

'Paper' benefits don’t reduce povertyRosa S & Mpokoto C 2004In: ChildrenFIRST, Issue Number 55, May/June 2004

Conditioning the grant: The quest for more 'value' from the South African Child Support GrantHall K 2010Presented at the India–Brazil–South Africa (IBSA) Academic Forum, Brazilia, Brazil, 12 – 13 April 2010.

Children’s socio-economic rightsProudlock P 2009In: Boezaart T (ed) (2009) Child Law in South Africa. Claremont: Juta.

The problems with the phased-in approach to the extension of the Child Support Grant to age 14Proudlock P & Mvulane Z 3 2003Written and oral submission by the Children's Institute on behalf of ACESS to the NCOP Select Committee on Social Services, June 2003

Family benefitsGuthrie T 2002In: Social Security Text Book. Rand Afrikaans University: Butterworths.

Under what conditions? Social security for children in South AfricaLeatt A & Budlender D 2007In: Minujin A & Delamonica E (eds) Social Protection Initiatives for Children, Women and Families New York: The New School & UNICEF.

Child health and poverty: A glimpse into the lives of children, their health and the impact of povertyShung-King M 2001Paper presented at the conference Poverty eradication should start with children, hosted by the Child and Family Unit, University of the Western Cape, October 2001.

Support for children: Social services and social securityLeatt A 2007In: Kibel MA, Westwood A & Saloojeeh H (eds) Child Health for All: A Manual for Southern Africa. Edition 4.Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa.

Making the link between social services and social assistanceSmith C 2008In: Proudlock P, Dutschke M, Jamieson L, Monson J & Smith C (eds) South African Child Gauge 2007/2008.

Widening the reach of social assistanceRosa S & Proudlock P 2003Presented at the Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security national conference, 12 – 13 June 2003.

Promoting a comprehensive approach to social securityProudlock P & Martin P 2003Presentation at the Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security national conference, 12 – 13 June 2003.

Social security implementation – granting assistance to the poorLeatt A 2005Presented in consultation with Rosa S at a NALEDI conference, Johannesburg, 28 – 29 September 2004.

Policies to live by: Targeted poverty alleviation for children in South AfricaLeatt A 2005Paper presented at Children and poverty: Global trends, local solutions conference, jointly hosted by UNICEF and Graduate Programme in International Affairs, New School University, New York, 25 – 27 April 2005.

Children ‘in need of care’ or in need of cash? Questioning social security provisions for children in the context of the South African AIDS epidemicMeintjes H 2005Presented at the second South African AIDS conference, Durban, 7 – 10 June 2005.

Just another brick in the wall? Towards a housing policy that accommodates childrenHall K 2005Presented at the Childhoods 2005 conference in Oslo, Norway, June 2005.

Under what conditions?Hall K 2006Presented at the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) World Congress, hosted by the Economic Policy Research Institute and the BIG Coalition, Cape Town, 2 November 2006.

Where to draw the line? Targeting and leakage in the Child Support GrantHall K June 2007Presented at the First Annual Conference on the Economics of Social Protection, hosted by the Department of Economics, University of Pretoria, and Department of Social Development, Magaliesberg, 15 June 2007.

An analysis of prediction of child poverty in South AfricaJohn-Langba J 2007Paper presented at the joint conference of Comparative Research on Child Poverty and Childwatch International, Oslo, Norway, 17 – 19 September 2007.

The ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ of poverty targeting: Using research to make poverty alleviation work for childrenHall K 2007Paper presented at the joint conference of Comparative Research on Child Poverty and Childwatch International, Oslo, Norway, 17 – 19 September 2007.

Readers' feedback

To the best of my knowledge, the South African Child Gauge is the only publication in South Africa that combines detailed empirical data presented in a user-friendly and accessible format, with insightful and thought-provoking research and commentary in the sphere of children’s rights.

Single best source that I am aware of on the subject area.

It's an excellent, current overview of the primary concerns for children in South Africa.

It makes me realise that as government we still have a lot to do.

I think they are excellent. They give a very short coverage, and I like the fact that they explain the data tables and come up with some sort of conclusion.

It is able to give us alternative picture of issues facing children in South Africa, government statistics are sometimes not an honest picture of enormity of the problems facing this country.

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