PAN: Children

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This was the first in a series of seminars on Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) which drew specifically from the impact of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) resolution to build socio-economic infrastructure through the use of the innovative building technologies (IBT), requiring 60% of government's social infrastructure building to be constructed from IBTs by 2017. The seminar discussed the built environment, using examples such as clinics, schools and student residences, as outlined in the PICC resolution.

This seminar is a follow-up to the government cluster policy workshop held in February 2014, which examined selected key elements of the SANHANES-1 findings with a view to devise a programme of priority actions for:


  • Improvement of care and quality of life during the first 1000 days; 
  • Coordination of food security and dietary diversity;
  • Evaluation of the school health and the school nutrition programme;
  • Reappraisal of the Integrated Nutrition Programme (INP); and
  • Design and implementation programmes for the early prevention of NCDs. 

The current seminar similarly focused on food, nutrition, and care security in the first 1,000 days with the aim to assess the situation of South African women and children during that period, and to chart the way forward for new or improved interventions designed to address care and the nutritional status of women and their children. Presentations and selected workshop references can be downloaded above

This policy brief aims to examine foster care placement in South Africa and the challenges with which it is fraught. It will seek to provide a way forward for government to ameliorate the plight of the children who require these services as well as those who are rendering them.

Together for Girls launches Safe magazine. Issue I highlights the heroes ending sexual violence and Issue II features a list of 50 global heroes who have taken action to end violence against children.

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This report examines and analyses policies and provision for family support and parenting support.The goals of the research are to identify relevant global trends and develop an analytical framework that can be used for future research and policy analysis. For these purposes, new evidence was gathered and existing evidence systematized and analysed. The report is based on general literature searches and evidence gathered from 33 UNICEF national offices, located in different parts of the world, and detailed case studies of nine countries  (Belarus, Chile, China, Croatia, England, Jamaica, the Philippines, South Africa and Sweden).

This National Curriculum Framework (NCF) provides guidance for those developing programmes and working with babies, toddlers and young children from birth to age four; and is based on the National Early Learning and Development Standards (NELDS). The NCF promotes a holistic vision of early childhood development (ECD) which pays attention to: the first 1000 days which are the windows of opportunities for interventions before birth and the first two years of life after birth; and the third and fourth years of life and the time before the child enters primary school. The document is aimed at adults working with from birth to four and includes: parents and caregivers, early childhood practitioners (in centres, family and community support services, child minders), practitioner/educator and support staff and monitoring personnel (government and civil society) who visit the ECD programmes.


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The Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally announced the release of their report, Financing Investments in Young Children Globally: Workshop Summary. The report summarizes the workshop held August 26-27, 2014 in New Delhi, India in partnership with the Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development (CECED), Ambedkar University, Delhi. The report summarizes research presentations that highlighted the links among sources of funding, types of funding mechanisms, and the pathways through which they operate with respect to maternal and child health, education, and social protection outcomes. The report further synthesizes discussions on the following thematic areas: (1) how to incorporate the issues of access and quality into costing models of early childhood programs, and (2) the impact of alternative models of financing (such as public-private partnerships) on child outcomes. 

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This World Bank Study by Rebecca K. Sayre, Amanda E. Devercelli, Michelle J. Neuman  and Quentin Wodon provides an overview of World Bank investments in Early Childhood Development (ECD) from 2000-2013 within the Education, Health, Nutrition and Population, and Social Protection and Labor practices. A series of case studies are presented to highlight lessons learned to inform future Bank support to ECD and to promote better planning across sectors and regions. The study also discusses recent new approaches to suport ECD within the World Bank and in client countries.

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The overall aim of this research is to highlight the lessons learnt from implementing CSI-funded early childhood development (ECD) interventions in South Africa. ECD refers to the provision of holistic policies and programmes encompassing the physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, moral and development of children aged between birth and nine years of age with the active participation of their parents and caregivers. The research is premised on the universal evidence that investing in ECD provides greater returns to society than any other form of human capital investment.

A notice from the Department of Social Development, the Child rights sector Indaba has been postponed until further notice. The department remains committed to engage with the sector. Kindly accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience  that this may have caused.