Communities of Practice: what have we learnt about implementing intervention research in the time of Covid?

The CSDA’s Communities of Practice(CoP) Project is a multi- and trans-disciplinary collaboration between researchers and practitioners across different sub-fields, including social work, sociology, psychology, education psychology, education, mathematics and language curriculum, mental health, nutrition, primary health care, community nursing, public health and school health care services. In the CoP study, we target children and their … Continued

Communities of Practice for Child Wellbeing project nears completion

The CSDA’s Communities of Practice (CoP) Project is a multi- and trans-disciplinary collaboration between researchers and practitioners across different sub-fields, including social work, sociology, psychology, education psychology, education, mathematics and language curriculum, mental health, nutrition, primary health care, community nursing, public health and school health care services. In the CoP study, we target children and … Continued

Prof Lauren Graham presents at Youth Unemployment Imbizo

Prof Lauren Graham presented as a panellist at the Youth Unemployment Imbizo hosted by Economic Development and Wellbeing Research Group (EDWRG) on 12 April. The Imbizo tackled the serious problem of unemployment and youth unemployment in South Africa. Currently youth unemployment sits at 65%, the Imbizo sought to detail the causes for this and find … Continued

Second Prof Tessa Hochfeld Memorial Bursary recipient announced

We are excited to announce that Yibanathi Mabunda has been awarded the Prof Tessa Hochfeld Memorial Bursary. Yibanathi is the second recipient of the bursary and will begin the MPhil in Social Policy and Development this year. Her interest in the MPhil course aligns with her interest in children, their wellbeing and social justice. She … Continued

CSDA welcomes two new team members

In March we welcomed Jade Pieterse to the CSDA family. Jade will be the CSDA’s communications officer and she brings with her a wealth of strategic communications knowledge and expertise. Jade holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development from UNISA and she recently completed a course in Digital Communication for NGOs with the DG … Continued

16 March Webinar | Context Matters: child growth within a constrained environment

On 16 March the CSDA hosted the first webinar of the year. This webinar was titled “Context Matters: child growth within a constrained environment” and formed part of the Community of Practice for Social Systems Strengthening to Improve Child Well-being Outcomes (CoP). Prof Shane Norris, from the Centre of Excellence for Human Development at Wits … Continued

Vulnerable children bore the brunt of disrupted school nutrition programmes

The South African state has recognised the effects of childhood poverty and since the early democratic era has invested in the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) as a mechanism to alleviate the hunger that many children face. The NSNP feeds over 9 million children each school day and the programme is intended to meet 30-40% … Continued