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South Africa: The Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

The Children's Institute UCT seeks to contribute to policies, laws and interventions that promote equality, realise the rights and improve the prospects of all children in South Africa. Established at UCT in 2001, the CI seeks to bring about positive change in the lives of children through a complex but carefully honed combination of social and legal research, multiple level evidence-based advocacy and public engagement, capacity-building, and a communications strategy designed to reach diverse audiences. 

The Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

Examples of Research Projects

  • South African Child Gauge – an annual publication that tracks the situation and well-being of children in South Africa.
  • Children Count Project - generates reliable child-centred indicators of socio-economic rights to advocate for improvements in children's conditions.
  • Child-Centred Analysis of Government’s Budgets – monitors if the state is allocating and spending adequate budgets to realize children’s rights.
  • Healthy Cities Project – a collaboration to investigate a relationship between urban environments and well-being I the global South.
  • Children’s Radio Project – provides children with the opportunity to portray their lives, insights and concerns through the production of radio programmes

Contact Details

Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

46 Sawkins Road
Cape Town
7700, South Africa

Tel: +27 21 689 5404
Fax: +27 21 689 8330

Main contact: Associate Prof. Shanaaz Mathews (Director)

Tags: Public policy, Education, fostering and adoption, disabilities, Indicators, Famliy related issues, Children's rights, Social services, Early childhood, Children's wellbeing, Health, Violence, Environment and habitat, HIV/AIDS, participation, Young Carers, Social exclusion and marginalisation, Media, Child poverty, Children in care
Published Sep. 11, 2008 11:31 AM - Last modified July 5, 2013 2:30 PM