Children's Institute

The Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, aims to contribute to policies, laws and interventions that promote equality and realise the rights and improve the conditions of all children in South Africa, through research, advocacy, education and technical support. The work of the Institute takes the best interests of the child into account and is aimed at ensuring that children are given primary consideration by society. In particular, the Institute pays special attention to promoting children's participation in its work, and advocates for their voices to be heard in decisions affecting their lives.

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Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA)

The Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) at the University of Johannesburg was established in 2004 and is dedicated to basic, applied and strategic research in social development and developmental welfare. The Centre aims to positively influence development issues in the Southern ​African region by contributing to debates on social policy, improvements in service delivery and the expansion of knowledge through cutting-edge research. The CSDA collaborates with the Southern African Social Protection Experts Network (SASPEN).

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DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) awarded a Centre of Excellence in Human Development to the University of Witwatersrand in 2014. Like other Centres of Excellence, it was established to concentrate existing research excellence, capacity and resources to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines and institutions on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive in order to enhance the pursuit of research excellence and capacity development.

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Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP)

The Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) provides professional and academic training for senior government officials, elected office bearers, and those engaged in public policy in South Africa, other African countries, and beyond. The school also engages in research, consultancy and policy advice on issues related to development policy and practice in South Africa, building academic resources of the different UCT faculties, as well as those of local and international partners. The school seeks to strengthen links between the research community and the policy community and promotes the development of strategic leadership in government, including a strong emphasis on accountability in government.

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. The HSRC aims to serve as a knowledge hub to bridge the gap between research, policy and action; thus increasing the impact of research. This is achieved through collaboration with key constituencies, including government, other research organisations, multinational agencies, universities, non-government organisations, and donor and development organisations.

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Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS)

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) engages in research, training, policy development and advocacy in relation to chronic and structural poverty, land and agrarian reform, rural governance and natural resource management. Through these activities, and by seeking to apply the tools of critical scholarship to questions of policy and practice, PLAAS seeks to develop new knowledge and fresh approaches to the transformation of society in southern Africa.

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ReSEP (Research on Socio-Economic Policy)

ReSEP is a group of researchers in the Department of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch. This includes some members of the Department of Economics, contract research staff, and graduate students who participate in ReSEP’s research. ReSEP developed around a long-term research focus on issues of poverty, income distribution, social mobility, economic development and social policy.

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Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU)

SALDRU carries out research in applied empirical microeconomics with an emphasis on labour markets, human capital, poverty, inequality and social policy. SALDRU has implemented a range of innovative surveys in South Africa since it was founded in 1975, and is based in the School of Economics in the University of Cape Town.

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