Call for Proposals 1 (CfP1)

The PSPPD II’s first Call for Proposals (CfP1) was launched on 31 May 2013 and invited research organisations, academic institutions and think tanks to apply for research funding under the theme Working towards eliminating poverty and reducing inequality: addressing the implementation challenge.

In line with one of the key aims of the PSPPD being to improve evidence-based policy-making (EBPM) and implementation of policies on poverty and inequality at national and provincial levels, the research undertaken through this CfP1 was expected to analyse, review and evaluate government’s policies and interventions around poverty and inequality, unpacking the structural nature of inequality in South Africa and what the drivers of inequality are.

Project topics covered the following:


All research outputs from the
Call for Proposals can be found in the
Knowledge Repository.
Theme Topic Applicant Title Synopsis Selected outputs
Employment, unemployment and livelihoods Education Stellenbosch University Alleviating binding constraints to quality education for the poor: Using evidence-based prioritisation to overcome the implementation challenge The specific objective of this project was to analyse accumulated evidence and add to such evidence in order to identify the most serious or binding constraints facing South African education; prioritise among such constraints; and propose tangible approaches to overcoming the identified constraints. Identifying binding constraints in education

Servaas van der Berg, Nicholas Spaull, Gabrielle Wills, Martin Gustafsson, Janeli Kotzé (2017)


Child poverty and ECD Social cohesion


Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Family cohesion, values and strengthening in promoting family well-being in South Africa The objective of this project was to enhance knowledge of family-related dynamics, cohesiveness, orientations, and preferences in South Africa as the basis for informing policies aimed at strengthening and enhancing the well-being of families and, by extension, social cohesion. Family matters: Family cohesion, values and strengthening in South Africa: Research paper

Zitha Mokomane, Ben Roberts, Jarè Struwig (2016)

Child poverty and ECD Developmental social welfare Centre for Development Support, Department of Economics, University of the Free State (UFS) Developmental social welfare The overall objective of this project was to inform the implementation of pro-poor preventive and developmental social work programmes in poor households and vulnerable communities. A qualitative investigation into the challenges regarding the implementation of the White Paper on Families in South Africa among social work managers in the public sector

Paulin Mbecke, Frikkie Booysen, Amanda de Gouveia (2017)


Preventive and developmental social work and family functioning in two poor South African communities

Frederik Booysen, Amanda De Gouveia, Tatenda Manomano, Pius Tanga, Paulin Mbecke (2017)

Child poverty and ECD Child poverty and inequality Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town (UCT) Evaluation of the residential care programme for sexually abused children as part of the Isibindi “Circle of Care” Model


The aim of this project was to conduct an impact evaluation of the residential programme for sexually abused children as part of the Isibindi child protection model. In addition, it aimed to build the capacity of child and youth care workers (CYCW) to enhance their child protection responses. Outcome assessment of the Isibindi-Childline Residential Care Programme for Sexually Abused Children: A research report

Shanaaz Mathews, Lizette Berry, Jenna-Lee Marco (2017)


Child poverty and ECD Child poverty and inequality University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) The impact of poverty and inequality in early childhood on long-term outcomes: Evidence from the Birth to Twenty study


The overarching goal of this project was to reduce disparities in childhood opportunities due to poverty and inequality by generating empirical evidence on the impact of early childhood development (ECD) on South African children’s short- and long-term development outcomes, and engaging stakeholders in government and civil society in using such evidence. Predictive power of psychometric assessments to identify young learners in need of early intervention: data from the Birth to Twenty Plus Cohort, South Africa

Linda Richter, Musawenkosi Mabaso, Celia Hsiao (2015)


Employment, unemployment and livelihoods Child poverty and inequality University of Johannesburg (UJ) Family contexts, child support grants and child well-being outcomes The overall objective of this project was to undertake a quantitative analysis of the NIDS to establish the relations between family context, child support grants receipt, and child well-being outcomes, and to gain an in-depth understanding of how family contextual factors mediate the use of resources in achieving child well-being outcomes. Family contexts, child support grants and child well-being outcomes

Leila Patel, Trudie Knijn, Deborah Gorman-Smith, Tessa
Hochfeld, Rachel Garthe, Jenita Chiba, Jacqueline
Moodley, Mark Isserow, Innocentia Kgaphola (2017)

Employment, unemployment and livelihoods Employment and unemployment Stellenbosch University Job counselling, productivity signals and employment The project’s overall objective was to assist the South African government in achieving its goal of reducing youth unemployment via the rigorous evaluation of alternative public employment service programmes. The value of reference letters: Experimental evidence from South Africa

Martin Abel, Rulof Burger, Patrizio Pirainoz (2017)

Employment, unemployment and livelihoods Industrial and sector studies (agriculture, mining, services) University of Cape Town (UCT) Exploration of the impact bonds for results focused SME/SE development The overall objective of this study was to gain an understanding of the potential for an impact bond (IB) ecosystem in South Africa and to gauge the relevance of IBs as tools to alleviate poverty and inequality through SMME development. Impact bond landscape study: An exploration of impact bonds for results focused SME/SE development

Alexandre Rodrigues (2015)