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I can always rely on the Children's Institute's information to be accurate and of a high quality. In particular, I view them as leaders in the field of children's socio-economic rights (and in particular health rights). I am aware that they have also become involved with socio-economic rights litigation, which is enormously valuable work. The Institute also played a phenomenally important role in the Children's Bill process, the co-ordination of civil society participation was and continues to be a good practice model, without a doubt.
Dr Ann Skelton, Director: Centre for Child Law, Univ. of Pretoria, Sept. 2008

Completed Projects

Healthy cities

This project was part of a collaborative, inter-disciplinary study on the role of the urban environment in shaping illness, health and well-being, initiated by the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. As one of the project partners, the Children’s Institute led a sub-project on Healthy Cities for Children.

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Home truths: Residential care in the context of the AIDS pandemic

This project explored the forms that the 'last resort' – residential care for children – is taking in the face of the AIDS pandemic in South Africa, and considered these forms in relation to South African policy and legislation. In particular, the project focused on residential care set-ups that have emerged out of, and in response to the needs of, community-based initiatives.

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Infants and HIV/AIDS in South Africa:
The fragility of life

This project used ethnographic methods to explore in-depth the experiences of HIV-positive mothers and their infants, providing a full and careful description of the political, social, economic, cultural and moral context that affects the quality of their lives. The project aimed to inform policy and interventions made on behalf of such HIV-positive mothers and their infants.

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Means to Live: Evaluating the targeting of poverty alleviation  for poor children and their households

The Means to Live Project investigates the targeting aspect of selected poverty alleviation programmes relevant to socio-economic rights, and the consequences of this targeting for children. The government programmes examined are the Child Support Grant, the Housing Subsidy Scheme, the Free Basic Water policy, the No-Fee and School Fee Exemption policies, free primary health care and the National School Nutrition Programme.

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