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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Past events

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:00

    Play is the most important activity of childhood – yet the one that adults neglect the most!

    When the South African Government signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) it became responsible to meet certain obligations to provide for the best interests of all children.  ACTPSA commissioned a Policy Document to review the status of the Right to Play in Southern Africa (Article 31 – UNCRC and Article 12 – ACRWC). 

    The launch of The Child’s Right to Play: a policy brief for South Africa will take place on 31 May 2017.  The programme includes a presentation by Senior Landscape Architect of GIBB Engineering and Architecture, Lizelle Wolmarans, who has been involved in the development of several playgrounds.  After a short overview of the global neglect of play and the play policies put in place by various South African government departments, we will consider the way forward.  Each participant will receive a copy of the Play Policy Brief.

    Email: [email protected] 

    Tel: (+27) 11 484 3633

    Cell: (+27) 73 832 5362

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 08:00 to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 17:00
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 14:45 to Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 14:45

    The conference is about evidence-informed decision-making and will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre from 20-22 September 2016.

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 12:15

    South Africa has a liberal landscape regarding adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights. Adolescents have the right to consent to sex from the age of 16, and the right to access several sexual and reproductive health services granted that they meet certain age, capacity and public policy requirements. Furthermore, recent amendments to the Sexual Offences Act have decriminalized consensual underage sex for adolescent peers aged 12 – 15, and those between 12 -15 and 16 – 17 granted that there is no more than a two year age gap between them. This seminar details recent amendments to the law on underage sex and considers the implications for researchers and service providers. It also reviews the various criteria that need to be considered for adolescents to access various sexual and reproductive health services.

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 12:00 to Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 16:00

    There is growing momentum behind calls for the recognition of the potential of online and networked media for promoting children’s rights. At the same time, researchers, child rights’ advocates and internet governance experts are concerned that children’s rights are being newly infringed rather than enhanced in the digital age. This raises questions for research, policy and practice.

  • Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:15

    After the launch of the National Development Plan Vision 2030 of South Africa in August 2012, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) South Africa commissioned a study that explored available policy options for addressing poverty traps and social exclusion among children in South Africa and the additional national and societal efforts that are needed to break such traps. Poverty Traps and Social Exclusion among Children in South Africa was nominated by UNICEF as one of the 12 best policy research reports done globally for them in 2014 (See Best of UNICEF Research 2014,

    After the formal launch of the report PAN: Children consulted with Professor Servaas van der Berg from the University of Stellenbosch to develop the following five policy briefs based on the report, which are the focus of this launch seminar. ◾Education: Every child must read by age 9 ◾Poor childhood health can condemn children to  poverty for life ◾Social and family influences trap many children in poverty ◾How geography can trap children in poverty ◾How lack of assets affect child poverty and social exclusion.

    Policy briefs will be distributed electronically prior to the seminar and hard copies will be available on 9 November 2015


  • Friday, October 30, 2015 - 12:00

    Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) has over the past decade come to the forefront as governments, policy makers and NGOs alike, globally and in South Africa, begin to recognise the importance and need for promoting early childhood education and care interventions in addressing learning and developmental gaps, especially amongst the poor. Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) has been extensively involved over the past fifteen years in the early childhood development sector in KwaZulu-Natal, specifically supporting ECD service providers through community based ECD development forums. Community forums serve to improve the quality of life of people in their communities through serving as catalysts, collaborators and facilitators for identifying problems and collectively developing solutions to address these problems (Sachs, 2003). Importantly, they give effect to the constitutional imperative of participatory democracy by enabling active citizenship.   


  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 12:00

    The HSRC has been a pioneer in fatherhood research in South Africa, notably with the ground-breaking Fatherhood Study which produced the landmark book Baba: Men and Fatherhood in South Africa (Richter & Morrell, eds, 2006). Other contributions to the HSRC community of practice around fatherhood include Teenage Tata: Voices of Young Fathers in South Africa (Swartz & Bhana, 2009); and, more recently, Men’s Pathways to Parenthood: Silence and Gender Norms (Morison & Macleod, 2015). A decade after the Fatherhood Project and publication of Baba, there are continued debates around fathers. Recent topical issues include: paternity leave, men’s involvement in childcare, and increasing family diversity in the country. 

    In this seminar, we engage key experts in order to

    • consider the current status of policy and practice around South African fatherhood, with inputs from Sonke Gender Justice
    • assess the state of research and map out future research priorities
    • present the findings of a ground-breaking study on a new avenue of research - gay men and fatherhood - conducted by a team from the Human and Social Development programme and funded by the Ford Foundation.


    -       Andre Lewaks:  National MenCare Coordinator, Sonke Gender Justice

    -       Ingrid Lynch: Postdoctoral Fellow, Human & Social Development, HSRC

    -       Tawanda Makusha: Senior Research Specialist, Human & Social Development, HSRC

    -       Tracy Morison: Senior Research Specialist, Human & Social Development, HSRC

    Chair: Vasu Reddy: Dean of Humanities, University of Pretoria

    Kindly RSVP by 12 October 2015

    Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Jean Witten, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or [email protected]

    Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or [email protected]

    Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail: [email protected]

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:00

    Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) has over the past decade come to the forefront as governments, policy makers and NGOs alike, globally and in South Africa, begin to recognise the importance and need for promoting early childhood education and care interventions in addressing learning and developmental gaps, especially amongst the poor. 

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 13:30

    Using national data that have recently become available, Chimere-Dan identified patterns of resilience and change in the family in the context of major demographic and social forces, including a declining rate of marriage, a rising trend in age at first marriage, a high rate of non-marital childbearing, a reduction in family size and differentiating models of parenting. This research assessed dominant responses by the family, and raised possible medium and longer term implications for social and human development in South Africa.