Latest Posts

Simple, Early Triggers that Help Our Children to Learn

August 28, 2014

Latest edition of the ECD Donor Dialogue: “South Africa should invest in early childhood development in order to enable children to perform better at primary, high school and tertiary levels.” How can we fix our education system? That question preoccupies our national mind – and not without cause. We fail to prepare enough people for […]

ECD services set to improve

July 18, 2014

The Department of Social Development in South Africa says it will focus its resources on putting in place a comprehensive Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme, which covers the period from conception to formal school going age. Delivering her department’s R128-billion budget in Parliament on Wednesday, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said a national audit of […]

New results of stimulation + nutrition add-on to CHW programme

June 27, 2014

This article published last week in the Lancet, discusses child development, growth and health outcomes achieved by adding an integrated cognitive stimulation/nutrition intervention for 0-2s on to a lay community health worker programme in rural Pakistan, as part of a large RCT funded by UNICEF. The results show that children who received responsive stimulation had […]

Ilifa Insights – Issue 1

June 6, 2014

Ilifa Insights primarily highlights progress and major steps made towards the programme’s broader strategic objectives, whilst reflecting on ECD services on the ground and emerging learnings, knowledge, tools and possible game changers, with a key focus on illuminating implementation and good practice. Ilifa Labantwana (Ilifa) is a national initiative with an ambitious aspiration: to galvanise […]

Developing appropriate financing models to enable the scale-up of ECD services

June 5, 2014

This report looks at how national and provincial budget processes impact on the funding of ECD services, and at the mechanics of preparing credible plans and budgets that will enable government to effectively finance and deliver them. What financing models would be appropriate to enable the scaling up of early childhood development (ECD) services to […]


Partners Tree Elru Ntataise Philani Khululeka Stellenbosch University UCT FNB DG Murray Trust UBS Optimus Foundation