Human and Social Development

From Providers to Carers: Men as Fathers

11 July 2018  | Human and Social Development  | Latest News

Twenty years ago, fatherhood wasn’t much of a political issue. Gender activists in South Africa focused on the ravages of HIV and gender-based violence. Concerns about fatherhood centred on men as abusive or absent fathers, not accepting responsibility or paying maintenance for their children...

HSD researchers contribute to international publication on grandparenting

8 August 2017  | Latest News  | Human and Social Development

Grandparents in South Africa have come to play a major role in sustaining their grandchildren's generation. HSRC researchers were involved in this international peer-reviewed effort at exploring grandparenting in cultural contexts.

Opening address - Inaugural Restitution Conference, Castle of Good Hope

10 November 2016  | Latest News  | Human and Social Development

The first even restitution conference in South Africa was hosted by the HSRC.

The conference was attended by 320 people from 46 organisations which included civil society groups as well as universities.

Restitution: Something for everyone

12 October 2016  | Latest News  | Human and Social Development

The first ever conference on restitution to be held in South Africa takes place in November 2016. What sets this event apart from others, is its all-encompassing focus on restitution as symbolic, material (land, wealth, education) and practical (skills sharing, mentoring).

Children in South African Families - Lives and Times

28 September 2016  | Human and Social Development

This book presents a comprehensive overview of African children's lives in times of transition, transformation, and change some twenty-two years after political emancipation in South Africa.

Edited by Monde Makiwane, Mzikazi Nduna and Nene Ernest Khalema


This book will be released soon.

Exclusive breastfeeding and early stimulation linked to children's later success

22 June 2016  | Latest News  | Human and Social Development

HSRC researcher involved in Canadian Government-funded “Saving Brains” research which finds: Babies exclusively breastfed to six months old half as likely to have later conduct disorders; Enriched play/stimulation to age 2 creates brighter 4-year-olds.

Durban Homelessness Census: 4 000 very different people in the streets and shelters

 

Close to 4 000 people live on the street and in formal homeless shelters in the central Durban area, of which approximately 85% are male. A census conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in partnership with and funded by the eThekwini Municipality’s  Safer Cities Unit in February 2016,  found 1 959 persons living on the street and 1 974 persons living in formal  shelters.

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