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Promoting good governance and human rights

With a focus on social justice issues, these projects show UCT's commitment to bringing about change. Based on strategic partnerships with communities, this work advocates for improved policy and prepares students as socially responsive citizens.


(Fundraising needs: scholarships.)      

The availability of social, economic and political data on Africa has never been greater but these resources are far more frequently produced and used by scholars based outside of the continent, rather than by African students and scholars to understand their own societies.

Many academics based in Africa struggle to produce analytic policy reports or to publish peer-reviewed research, largely due to the heavy administrative and teaching demands in African universities, leaving them with little time for conducting in-depth analysis.

A partnership between the University of Cape Town and Afrobarometer responds to this need through two flagship initiatives that build capacity among young African academics:

  • The Summer School Programme offers courses in quantitative analytic techniques.
  • The masters programme in Democracy and Governance covers a comprehensive training in the disciplines of research, method, and data analysis.

Children's Institute

(Fundraising needs: staff, operational costs and equipment.)      

One in 5 children is chronically malnourished and children younger than 5 account for over 80% of all child deaths. Over 1 in 3 children do not have access to basic services such as housing and sanitation.

This kind of information reminds us of our responsibility to protect the most vulnerable in our society. The Children's Institute has, over the past 10 years, served as the 'hands and feet' of child policy and advocacy work in South Africa, identifying the needs of children and giving them a voice.

The most visible project of the Children's Institute, the South African Child Gauge, is an annual publication that monitors the situation of our children.

Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice

(Fundraising needs: scholarships and chair)      

Improvements in governance and accountability, economic policy, and international economic circumstances have led to more consistent growth in recent years than at any previous time in modern African history. In order to sustain and expand on this growth, we must meet the urgent need to train highly skilled individuals to serve as senior officials in government and government agencies.

The Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) trains senior officials in government service in Africa and other African countries, as well as preparing top graduates for public-sector leadership. The school offers an MPhil in Development Policy and Practice, and short courses that provide training for senior officials and elected office bearers.

Your investment in the work carried out by the GSDPP will contribute towards Africa's key development goals, through the nurturing of highly skilled leaders.