Low Value Grants

The  Low Value Grants (LVG) process was launched in November 2013, with the primary objective of building on and expanding the quantitative analysis skills of researchers in South Africa by enabling them to analyse data and write research papers.

The priority for this call was to encourage research using the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) data Waves 1, 2 and 3, as well as the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS).


The following grants were awarded:

 

All research outputs from the
Low Value Grants can be found in the
Knowledge Repository.

 

Applicant Title Synopsis Selected outputs
Children’s Institute Maternal and child migration in post-apartheid South Africa: An exploration of spatial mobility and changing household form Children are affected by adult migration, whether or not they themselves move. This research addresses two main questions, namely what are the recent patterns of child mobility within South Africa, and how do these relate to patterns of maternal migration? Maternal and child migration in post-apartheid South Africa

Katharine Hall (2016)

Health Systems Trust Who is getting fat in South Africa? Tackling the obesity epidemic in South Africa The aim of this study was to analyse obesity and related risk factors collected from 2008-2012 during the first three waves of the NIDS in order to contribute to a better understanding of the current trends in obesity and overweight in the South African adult population and its socioeconomic and behavioural determinants. Who is getting fat in South Africa? Tackling the obesity epidemic in South Africa

Health Systems Trust (2015)

Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), University of Cape Town Increasing access to HIV testing: Impacts on equity of coverage and uptake from a national campaign in South Africa South Africa has made considerable progress in increasing the number of people tested for HIV, particularly since 2010 when it launched the largest HIV counselling and testing (HCT) campaign in the world. However, this study determined the extent to which this campaign reached previously untested populations, and which sub‐populations remained untested despite the unprecedented effort towards universal HIV testing. Increasing access to HIV testing: Impacts on equity of coverage and uptake from a national campaign in South Africa

Brendan Maughan Brown, Neil D. Lloyd, Jacob Bor, Atheendar S. Venkataramani (2015)

Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), University of Cape Town The impact of the no-fee school policy on enrolment, educational expenditure and school performance: Evidence from NIDS Waves 1-3 There is an unresolved debate about whether school fees are beneficial in a basic education system. Using the first three waves of the NIDS to construct a measure of proximity to a no‐fee secondary school for South African learners, this study assessed whether living within 3km of a no‐fee secondary school improves enrolment in late adolescents and educational attainment by age 20. The impact of the no-fee school policy on enrolment and school performance: Evidence from NIDS Waves 1-3

Nicola Branson, Clare Hofmeyr, David Lam (2015)

Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), University of Cape Town Youth labour market dynamics in South Africa: Evidence from NIDS Wave 1-2-3 The South African youth unemployment rate, which is extremely high at well over 50%, has been at similar levels since 1994. This study made use of the first three waves of the National Income Dynamics Study to explore the factors that assist school leavers in finding employment to find out what explains the different trajectories of various school leavers in terms of finding employment. Youth labour market dynamics in South Africa: evidence from NIDS 1-2-3

Cecil Mlatsheni, Vimal Ranchhod (2017)

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Profiling livelihoods assets in South Africa: Inequalities, dynamics and strategies The overall aim of this study was to use a livelihoods approach to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of how poverty impacts on the livelihoods of ordinary people in South Africa. The study assessed South Africans’ perceptions about their access to assets in order to analyse and identify what people think constrain or prevent them from accessing assets necessary for a decent quality of life. Reducing poverty and inequality: Actions to promote sustainable livelihoods in South Africa

Yul Derek Davids, Benjamin Roberts, Bongiwe Mncwango, Steven Gordon, Ali Bhaga  (2015)