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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Past events

  • Monday, February 16, 2015

    On the 12 January 2015 the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) published the Draft National Youth Policy for 2014-19 and invited comments.The HSRC invites you in partnership with the Children’s Institute, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit and the Poverty and Inequality Initiative at the University of Cape Town to a working lunch in order for us to draft a formal response as a collective of academics and practitioners. We will have four very brief inputs followed by discussion and recorded recommendations. (Date: Monday, 16 February 2015 ,Time: 11:30  – 14:30) Click here for more information.

  • Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 14:00

    PAN:Children is hosting a seminar titled 'Let us Play! Lessons and Reflections on Co-Creating Playful Cities in Johannesburg' on 25 February 2015. This seminar will reflect on the learnings gained through its Playwork practice and the challenges encountered in establishing permanent play sites and putting play provision on local government agendas. Click here for more details.

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    "We owe children the most vulnerable citizens in society a life free from violence and fear." Nelson Mandela

    The ninth issue of the South African Child Gauge focuses on the theme of preventing violence against children by breaking the intergenerational cycle of violence.

    The launch will be co-hosted by the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, UNICEF South Africa, the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD), in the Presidency, World Vision South Africa, the FNB Fund, and UCT's Safety and Violence Initiative. The Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, will deliver the keynote address.

     

    Date: Tuesday, 18 November 2014

    Venue: Protea Hotel Manor, 1050 Burnett Street, Hatfield, Pretoria

    Time: 15h30 for 16h00-17h00, followed by refreshments

    Speakers: Ms. Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Social Development

                   Mr. Hervé Ludovic De Lys, Representative, UNICEF South Africa

                   Ms. Shanaaz Mathews, Director, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town

                   Mr. Mbuyiselo Botha, Media and Advocacy Specialist, Sonke Gender Justice     

     

    Seats are limited, please click here to register your attendence.

    For queries, contact [email protected] or call (021) 650 1473

  • Monday, November 17, 2014 - 09:00 to Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 16:00

    The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most extensively ratified human rights treaty in the world. Within a year after its adoption by the General Assembly on 20 November 1989, such a substantial number of States had acceded to the CRC, that it could enter into force before its first birthday. The CRC's 25th anniversary presents a unique opportunity to take stock of the impact it has had and to provide a platform for reflection about the future of children’s rights implementation.

  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    The Human and Social Development Unit in commemoration of the UN International Year of family seminar: Life trajectories of children with no connection and support from their fathers have received research attention. Within this group is a sub-group who do not know their fathers. This presentation is based on four studies conducted by the presenter (Dr Mzi Nduna Department of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand)  and her colleagues in an attempt to better understand this phenomenon. The studies were based in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape provinces. Click here for more details.

  • Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Ian Goldman, Head of Evaluation and Research in DPME will provide an update on the status with the National Evaluation System, some emerging findings, and also first thoughts on DPME’s role in relation to research. Click here for more details.

  • Monday, November 3, 2014

    Warm, healthy relationships between parents and children are fundamental to national development, and violence reduction. Evidence suggests that some of the worst health and social problems in our country are associated with harmful experiences in childhood. Education is also critical to enable children to overcome poverty. Children must develop cognitive skills to succeed at school. Studies show that young children who share books with their parents or caregivers adapt to school much quicker than children who don’t; they also learn much faster, and generally do better at school.Two programmes tested in South Africa have been shown to strengthen the healthy bonds between infants and their mothers; and to stimulate cognitive development. At this seminar, Professors Lynne Murray and Peter Cooper, members of the teams that developed these programmes, will explain more about how and why these interventions work. Click here for more details.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014

    Invitation

     The HSRC Seminar Series 

    Hope and the Drive to Survive: Exploring Hope with Children and Youth in South Africa and Canada 

    Speakers:  Dr. Sophie Yohani, PhD., RPsych. Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology, Director of the Faculty of Education’s Counselling Centre (University of Alberta) and Ms. Avivit Cherrington, M.Ed.(Educational Psychology) Doctoral Candidate in Educational Psychology: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth).

    Moderator: Dr Nene Ernest Khalema, Senior Research Specialist (HSD), Adjunct Professor of Public Health Center for Health Promotion Studies, University of Alberta

    This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details are indicated below. 

    Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities

    Date: 29 September 2014 

    Time: 13H00 for 13h15  – 15H00 

    What is it that allows people to remain connected to life despite significant challenges? How is it that some people give up while others seem to find even the smallest of evidence that life is worth living? This ability has been linked to hope, “a process of anticipation that involves the interaction of thinking, acting, feeling, and relating, and is directed toward a future fulfillment that is personally meaningful” (Stephenson, 1991, pg. 1459). Global issues of poverty, oppression, violence and forced migration breed uncertainty, fear and feelings of entrapment, however hope can transcend adversity spreading empowerment, connectedness, courage and liberation.

    This seminar highlights the dimension of hope as survival, “a belief that you will be liberated from harm, that options will always be available to you, and that you can rest assured that everything will be fine” (Scioli & Biller, 2010, p.4). Drawing on our visual participatory explorations of hope with rural primary school children in QwaQwa, South Africa and refugee children resettling in Canada, we discuss the significance of this dimension of hope for children and youth facing trauma and adversity. The presentation examines how hope has been linked to human change processes in the past three decades, and key factors identified for the development of hope in children and youth. Next, we share the participants’ personal experiences of survival-oriented hope and sharing our insights into their constructions of hope as protection from emotional, physical and psychological harm. Third, we integrate this information and examine how hope can be nurtured in psychosocial practice with children, implications for policies relating to children’s health and wellbeing, as well as programs for community development and social change.  

    Kindly RSVP by 28 September 2014

    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], or Ray Adams, E-mail:  [email protected],ac.za

    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. Happy Solomon, Tel: (012) 302 2368, e-mail: [email protected] 

  • Friday, September 26, 2014 to Saturday, September 27, 2014

    The Jozi Book Fair 2014 theme is Reading the word and the world: the role of book clubs. 

  • Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Invitation

     The HSRC Seminar Series 

     Child Protection Challenges and Opportunities: The Need for Evidence-Informed Strategies in South Africa


    Presenters: Mr. Gordon Phaneuf, Chief Executive Officer, Child Welfare League of Canada  

    This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal.

    Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below) 

    Date: 25 September 2014 

    Time: 12H15 for 12h30  – 13H30  

    The recent developments in the child protection system of South Africa, including the implementation of the South African Child Protection Surveillance Study, and the long-term partnerships between the Child Welfare League of Canada with South Africa have produced important milestones that have implications for policy and research in the country.

    This seminar will explore key challenges confronting child protection practice, policy analysis, program development, and research.  The need for evidence-informed strategies will be discussed with a concentrated focus on recent initiatives in South Africa.  The dialectic of reconciling ‘evidence-based decision making’ with the imperative of deficit-focused program responses in the public sector will also be addressed. Other topics to be explored include:

    •need for national incidence data on child maltreatment

    •use of evidence in policy analysis in social services

    •collaborative approaches to child welfare innovation &

    •reciprocity of benefit in international development 

    Kindly RSVP by 24 September 2014

    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] 

     

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