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South African Child Gauge

How well is South Africa doing in fulfilling its constitutional commitments to children? This question is relevant to all countries world-wide. It is also a question that motivates the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town . They publish the South African Child Gauge, which offers an annual snap-shot of the situation of children and reflects critically on a selection of conditions that help or hinder children's well-being and their enjoyment of their rights.

The South African Child Gauge, now in its ninth publication year, has become a much anticipated resource for government decision-makers, donors, civil society and the news media. Aimed at monitoring and reporting on the situation of children in South Africa and tracking progress in realising their rights, the publication spans over  many years and requires the collaboration of the majority of Children's Institute staff .

The South African Child Gauge has a number of key features that are repeated each year:

  • A series of essays on a theme to inform, focus - and sometimes direct - national dialogue on an issue which has particular impact on children's rights in South Africa.
  • A summary of legislative developments pertaining to children's rights in the year under review.
  • A Children Count - Abantwana Babalulekile data section which tracks statistics on the demographics of children, and their access to social assistance, education, housing, health and other services;
  • A VIP's reflections on the theme and the status of children in South Africa.
Over the years, the publication has focused on the themes of children and HIV/AIDS; children and poverty; children's right to social services; meaningful access to basic education, child health and development; and children's right to participation. The latest issue  looks at children and inequality.

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Online article: South African Child Gauge 2012

Online article: The South African Child Gauge 2010/2011

Online article: The South African Child Gauge 2009/2010

Online article: The South African Child Gauge 2008/2009

Online article: The South African Child Gauge 2007/2008

Online article: The South African Child Gauge 2006

Online article: The South African Child Gauge 2005

The Children's Institute aims to contribute to policies, laws and interventions that promote equity and realise the rights and improve
the conditions of all children in South Africa, through research, advocacy, education and technical support.


Contact Information:

For more information on the South African Child Gauge, contact the communication and knowledge manager at Charmaine.Smith [at] or visit the CI website at

Tags: ["children's rights", "Indicators", "South Africa", "statistics", "child policy"] By Children's Institute South Africa
Published Sep. 30, 2008 10:15 PM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 4:09 PM