South African Child Gauge 2015

The South African Child Gauge is a flagship annual publication of the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, which examines a critical area of wellbeing that impacts on South Africa’s children. Each year a major challenge affecting the lives of children is used as a lens to critically analyse the position of children and the potential policy responses required.

This 2015 issue focuses on the theme of youth and the intergenerational transmission of poverty. 

The Child Gauge 2015 is a collaboration between the Children’s Institute and the Poverty and Inequality Initiative at the University of Cape Town, supported by UNICEF South Africa, the PSPPD, World Vision South Africa, the DG Murray Trust, and the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand. 

In response to the need for evidence-informed policies and interventions aimed at empowering youth to create meaningful lives for themselves and to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, the 2015 edition will serve as a key resource for policy-makers, researchers and practitioners as they work on implementation plans and programmes of the new National Youth Policy 2020.

The evidence presented in the Child Gauge 2015 will be used to draw the attention of government and civil society alike to the critical issues facing young people and highlight the ways in which existing policies allow poverty to be transmitted from one generation to the next, and how this cycle can be disrupted.

The South African Child Gauge 2015 will be released on November 10 and be available for download at

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