About this issue

With 2009 speeding towards mid-year, we are pleased to bring you the eighth issue of the newsletter of the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town. From the news on the following pages it is clear that the CI has reached a new, exciting level in its research and advocacy work, and in its participation in various networks and international conferences.

We report on several new and exciting projects that have started up in the past year. Read about:

  • the Infants and HIV/AIDS Project, which is exploring in-depth the experiences of HIV-positive mothers and their infants;
  • a network set up to engage social service practitioners in a draft law that has the potential to provide for better human resource capacity in the sector;
  • the Ordinary Politics Project, a study to develop a deeper understanding of youth’s perceptions, attitudes and beliefs toward opportunities as a result of policy and inter-group relations; and
  • the pilot of a new Care Dependency Tool to assess its effectiveness and functionality.

We also reflect on developments related to the Child Support Grant and the implementation of the Children’s Act. In the News in brief and Networks sections, there are, among others, interesting shorts on the Institute’s involvement in:

  • a network to deepen theoretical approaches to the concept of children’s participation;
  • an international video conference on climate change and child health;
  • an innovative network of leaders from civil society, donors, business and the government for children’s benefit; and
  • a CI paper on child-headed households that received a prize at the recent South African AIDS Conference.

On the back page, read about new publications, in particularly the fourth issue of the South African Child Gauge, which focuses on the theme of ‘meaningful access to education’. This annual review of the situation of South Africa’s children will be for available at the CI’s stall at the Cape Town International Bookfair in June.

Last, we’d like to alert our readers that the website of our Children Count – Abantwana Babalulekile Project has been updated recently with new data on various socio-economic indicators. Visit www.childrencount.ci.org.za to access data tables and graphs, with accompanying commentary, on the demographics of South Africa’s children, as well as on social security, health, nutrition, education, housing and basic services.


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