Developing social policy for children in the context of HIV/AIDS: A South African case study
Budlender D, Proudlock P & Jamieson L 2008
Children’s Institute Case Study Number 3
Children’s Institute and Community Agency for Social Enquiry

This study is the third in the CI’s case study series. It focuses on the development of three policies for children between the late 1990s and 2007: the Child Support Grant, the Children’s Act, and the Foster Child Grant.

The study was conducted under the auspices of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS (JLICA). This international initiative aims to engage practitioners, policy-makers and scholars in collaborative problem-solving, research and analysis to address the needs of children living in the context of HIV/AIDS. In particular, it hopes to expand the scientific evidence base to produce recommendations for policy and practice.

While not specifically designed to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic, all three policies discussed in the South African case study are large-scale interventions involving significant amounts of money, and reach large numbers of vulnerable children – including children affected by HIV/AIDS. The content of the policies as well as the process of policy design, development and implementation are described and analysed.

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