With a focus on critical social justice issues, these projects express UCT's commitment to harnessing our expertise to bring about change. Such efforts are based on strategic partnerships that engage with communities, that advocate for improved policy, and that prepare students as socially responsive citizens.
(Fundraising needs: scholarships)
The availability of social, economic and political data on Africa has never been greater but these rich 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. Quantitative analytical skills also continue to lag far behind skills in qualitative 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 substantive courses in quantitative analytic techniques while the Masters Programme in Democracy and Governance covers a more comprehensive training in the disciplines of research, method, and data analysis.
(Fundraising needs: staff, operational costs and equipment)
Children and the issues that threaten their well-being are of primary concern for every society and in South Africa, the challenges we face in protecting the rights of our children are still critical. One in five children remains chronically malnourished and children younger than five account for over 80% of all child deaths. Over one in three children do not have access to basic services such as housing and sanitation. This is the kind of information that 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 the current period than at any previous time in modern African history. In order to sustain and expand on this growth, we must address the urgent and ongoing need to train highly skilled individuals to serve as senior officials in government and government agencies. The Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice rises to this challenge in the area of strategic leadership in government. Its core mission is to train senior officials in government service in Africa and other African countries, as well as to train top graduates for public sector leadership. The School offers an MPhil in Development Policy and Practice, and a programme of executive short courses that provides training for senior officials and elected office bearers. Your investment in the work carried out by the GSDPP will contribute towards the implementation of Africa's key development goals, through the nurturing of highly skilled leaders.