The main aim of this study is to investigate the role of social security in the lives of low income lone mothers in South Africa and the extent to which the receipt of social security helps to respect and protect their dignity. The project is being carried out in partnership with the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape, and the Human Sciences Research Council. This project is funded by DFID/ESRC.
Further details about this project are available here.
The Employment and Social Security project used both a qualitative and quantitative approaches to explore the attitudes of recipients of the Disability Grant and the Child Support Grant to employment and social security. A number of issues were explored, in particular issues relating to attachment to the labour market and welfare dependency.
The quantitative component of the study involved analysis of a module in the South African Social Attitudes Survey 2007 and the findings can be downloaded here.
The qualitative study was funded by the Department of Social Development as part of DFID Southern Africa’s SACED programme, and the project report can be downloaded here.
For the social grant system to function properly it is important that reliable data is available on take-up rates, and that research is carried out to identify the factors that influence take-up. Estimates of take-up were available at national and provincial level, but the aim of the project was to drill down to sub-provincial level in order to produce estimates of take up of the Child Support Grant and Old Age Grant at municipality level so that areas with low take up rates could be identified.
CASASP used a combination of geo-coded administrative data on grant recipients and Census data to produce up-take and take-up rates of social grants at municipality level.
The project was funded by the Department of Social Development as part of DFID Southern Africa’s SACED programme. The report can be downloaded here.
This project aimed to monitor the movement of individuals between receipt of the Child Support Grant and receipt the Foster Child Grant, i.e. migration from one type of social assistance to another. The report can be downloaded here.
The project was funded by the Department of Social Development as part of DFID Southern Africa’s SACED programme.