Call for Proposals 2 (CfP2)

The PSPPD II’s second Call for Proposals (CfP2) was launched in September 2014 and invited research organisations, academic institutions and think tanks to apply for research funding under the theme Addressing the poverty and inequality challenge.


The following research grants were awarded:

 

All research outputs from the
Call for Proposals can be found in the
Knowledge Repository.
Theme Applicant Title Synopsis Selected outputs
Employment, unemployment and livelihoods University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) An exploration of the mathematics ANA at the Grade 9 level in KZN and the Eastern Cape The main objective of this study was to investigate the factors which limit or enhance the validity of the mathematics Annual National Assessment (ANA) programme at Grade 9 level. It aimed to critique the mathematics Grade 9 assessment tools and the implementation of the ANA, as well as explore the extent to which stakeholders are utilising the information gleaned from the ANA to improve the learning and teaching of mathematics at the Grade 9 level.
Child poverty and ECD Project Preparation Trust (PPT) Informal early childhood development centres – a new area-based approach for improved and up-scaled ECD services for the urban poor The aim of this project was to initiate and rollout a new ECD support programme in eThekwini Municipality for less formal, unregistered ECD centres. Specifically, the objective was the acceptance and mainstreaming (at provincial and national levels) of a new evidence-based, systematic framework and method for rapidly assessing and categorising all ECD centres at area or municipal level and, on this basis, extend structured funding and support to enable improved care, learning and infrastructure. The project also aimed to develop a new standard of basic, acceptable, but less-formal, ECD care and associated new incremental model of ECD support, which together will result in significantly expanded access to improved ECD services, state support and inclusion into the state’s ECD system in KZN and South Africa. New scale-able ECD response model: Survey, categorisation, training and infrastructure

Project Preparation Trust (2017)

Child poverty and ECD University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) Longitudinal perspectives on violence in the lives of children The overall objective of this project was to gain longitudinal perspectives on violence in the lives of children in South Africa. Specifically, the project aimed to analyse exposure to risk factors for violence among South African children of different ages through an analysis of data from the three waves of the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS), as well as examine exposure to risk factors for and expressions of violence towards South African children over the timespan of childhood between pregnancy and 18 years of age through an analysis of data from the Birth to Twenty Plus (Bt20+) study.
Child poverty and ECD Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD) Increasing access and improving the quality of early childhood development in South Africa: Effective early childhood development programme options meeting the needs of young South African children The overall objective of this project was to analyse, review and evaluate early childhood development (ECD) programme options which could increase the access to and improve the quality of ECD for young children in South Africa in order to influence policy changes so that children have greater access to quality ECD programmes, thereby reducing inequality and poverty. Effective early childhood development programme options meeting the needs of young South African children

Lauren-Jayne van Niekerk, Michaela Ashley-Cooper, Eric Atmore (2017)

Employment, unemployment and livelihoods Stellenbosch University, Research on Socio-Economic Policy (ReSEP), Department of Economics Expanding social mobility through education The overall objective of this project was to contribute to knowledge to improve policy-making and implementation regarding the labour market and education, and to provide tangible policy advice that would diminish factors retarding mobility and strengthen education’s role as a pathway out of poverty. This will advance social mobility, reduce poverty, create a more equitable society and add to human capita, thereby strengthening economic growth. A society divided: How unequal education quality limits social mobility in South Africa: Synthesis report

Eldridge Moses, Servaas van der Berg, Kate Rich (2017)

Child poverty and ECD University of the Western Cape (UWC) Food choices and body mass index (BMI) in adults and children: Evidence from the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) and empirical research from Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain in South Africa The aim of this research was to empirically explore and quantify food choices and Body Mass Index (BMI) in relation to people’s self-perceived health status and actual measurements using the 2013 NIDS data, as well as measure the relationship between food choices and obesity in adults and children. The project also aimed to empower historically disadvantaged South African students in quantitative research methodologies and facilitate evidence-based policy-making for effective multi-level intervention approaches in health promotion practice across South Africa.
Employment, unemployment and livelihoods University of Fort Hare, Agricultural and Rural Development Research Institute (ARDRI) Government and small-scale agriculture: understanding the successes and failures in respect of learning, planning and implementation This project aimed to describe and analyse current practices among small-scale farmers and associations/groups that serve and represent small-scale farmers. Within government, the project sought to reveal why learning and problem-solving are inhibited, among other things. In addition, it aimed to demonstrate alternatives through active engagement with farmers’ associations and, if possible, local-level officials who are meant to support small-scale farmers.
Employment, unemployment and livelihoods North West University, Africa Unit for Transdisciplinary Health Research (AUTHeR) Exploring the potential of local food systems for sustainable rural development: A case study of the Vaalharts area The overall objective of this project was to provide empirical evidence on the potential of local food systems to contribute to sustainable development among rural resource-poor communities by investigating six sustainability components (economic, environmental, socio-cultural, quality, governance, and health and nutrition) with emphasis on short food supply chains from producers to consumers.
Employment, unemployment and livelihoods University of the Western Cape (UWC) ‘Ground truth-ing’ rural livelihoods: Reformulating rural development paradigms and policy through qualitative-quantitative integrated research The objective of this project was to generate policy relevant knowledge by explicating South Africa’s dominant rural development paradigms and critically evaluate them in relation to livelihood research, as well as dialogue the findings with stakeholders and disseminate them to reformulate policy for inclusive growth.
Employment, unemployment and livelihoods University of Fort Hare, Nedbank Chair in Economics Project, Department of Economics Harnessing livelihood strategies for Pro-poor policy interventions in Eastern Cape South Africa The objective of this project was to map and analyse livelihoods patterns in terms of the existing constraints in low-income areas in the Eastern Cape province. The project aimed to come up with a choice set of strategies around which policy intervention points for pro-poor interventions can be built, taking into account community and government constraints and the expected scale of impact.
Child poverty and ECD University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), College of Health Sciences, Discipline of Audiology Amajuba Newborn Hearing Screening Programme The objective of this project was to develop a model for a rural Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP), taking into account cost and feasibility. The project aimed to assess the response of the community to such a programme, determine the prevalence of newborn hearing impairment in rural communities, study the causes of hearing impairment in this setting particularly in relation to infectious disease such as HIV and TB and the respective treatments, and finally, formulate a care pathway for children born in rural areas with hearing impairments.
Employment, unemployment and livelihoods University of KwaZulu-Natal Climate change adaptation and poverty reduction co-benefits: Human capabilities towards green micro-enterprise This project aimed to evaluate climate change adaptation programmes and their poverty reducing co-benefits within two municipalities of KwaZulu-Natal in order to both improve local and national practice, and to influence wider debates at global scale. The project also aimed to develop a measurement instrument which can evaluate climate finance initiatives with poverty co-benefits.
Employment, unemployment and livelihoods University of KwaZulu-Natal Analysis of 2014 firm survey data from the greater Durban area in order to contribute evidence to local, provincial and national policy for manufacturing firms to promote inclusive growth The objective of this project was to provide a fresh evidence base for public and private collaboration around an action plan for enhancing the greater Durban manufacturing sector’s contribution to inclusive economic growth in the eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province, and South Africa as a whole.