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Early Childhood Development: Lessons from India

September 5, 2014

Sherri Le Mottee writes: Last week’s visit in India was quite sobering. After a colourful and hopeful time in the country, Kushku (my travel companion kindly ‘loaned’ to me by the Ministry of Women and Child Development) and I visited three Anganwadi centres in the urban slums of Mumbai. Here, we were met by a […]

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Lessons from the Field: The Sinovuyo Caring Families Project

September 12, 2014

This Lessons from the Field brief provides an overview of the Sinovuyo Caring Families Project which is being tested by Ilifa’s partners. The programme aims to contribute to the reduction of abuse and child maltreatment in South Africa through a mixed-methods approach that combines questionnaires, observational assessments, qualitative interviews and focus groups. [ To download […]

Responsive Parenting: a Strategy to Prevent Violence

September 3, 2014

This edition of Early Childhood Matters focuses on positive parenting and programmes aimed at reducing violence against young children. It makes mention of the Sinovuyo Caring Families Project, a parenting programme that seeks to address the reduction of abuse and maltreatment of children in high-risk families in South Africa. Ilifa has partnered with the University […]

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 […]


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