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Research impact assessment in the social sciences and humanities: Implications for inclusive development

22 February 2019  | Latest News  | Research Use and Impact Assessment

The HSRC in collaboration with the DST, hosted IID Policy Seminar on Research Impact Assessment in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Implications for Inclusive Development.

PE office enters #WRADChallenge2019

8 February 2019  | Latest News  | HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB

HSRC staff members in Port Elizabeth took time to participate in the NGO Nal’ibali’s #WRADChallenge2019 by reading aloud the set story “Where are you?” to children in three official languages on World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), 1 February 2019. Nal’ibali aimed at reaching 1.5 million children on the day given that reading aloud builds a strong language foundation, introduces vocabulary and can develop empathy, curiosity and critical thinking. The ultimate aim of Nal’ibali is to contribute to a South Africa where children read for enjoyment, meaning and understanding.  Here are Nomfanelo Plaatjie (isiXhosa), Adlai Davids (Afrikaans) and Razia Gaida (English) with their young WRAD audiences at the EP Children’s Home and Chani’s Aftercare, respectively.

Researchers attend governance of data sharing workshop

On 4-5 February 2019, Zaynab Essack (HSD) and Rachel Adams (RIA) attended the Governance of Data Sharing for Genomic and Other Health Related Data in Africa held in Cape Town. On the 4th, Thuli Madonsela was a guest lecturer on Social Justice Dynamics of Data.

Thulisile Nomkhosi "Thuli" Madonsela was born in Soweto and obtained the degrees BA (Law) and LLB from the universities of Swaziland and the Witwatersrand, respectively. After teaching at secondary schools for a number of years, she served in various positions in the trade union movement in the mid to late 1980s. In the 1990s she moved to higher education and worked at the University of the Witwatersrand in applied legal studies. She served as technical expert in the drafting of the Constitution before working in the Department of Justice, inter alia as Chief Director Transformation and Equity. She served as a full-time member of the South African Law Reform Commission from 2007 to 2009. In 2009 she was appointed as South Africa's third Public Protector, her term ending on 14 October 2016. Adv Madonsela holds honorary doctorates in law from the universities of Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Fort Hare and Rhodes University. She has also been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards such as the Law Society of South Africa's inaugural Truth and Justice Award; the German Africa Foundation's annual prize; Transparency lnternational's prestigious Integrity Award in 2014; and, also in 2014, she was listed as one of TIME Magazine's top 100 most influential people in the world.

Sustainable cities researchers visit Kigali, Rwanda

Professor Ivan Turok and Dr Andreas Scheba of the HSRC's Economic Performance and Development research programme(EPD) spent a week in Rwanda recently as part of their research project on Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC). They undertook study visits throughout the capital city, Kigali, and a secondary city, Huye. They met the Mayors of both cities and learnt about their efforts to improve livelihoods and living conditions for ordinary people. Rwanda is experiencing one of the fastest rates of urbanisation in the world and is seeking to manage the process and enhance economic development through preparing land in advance and investing in infrastructure. They also visited the Kigali memorial to the 1994 genocide, which galvanised the pursuit of national unity and development.

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The Ocean as Female: How women and the ocean stand to benefit from women's participation in the Blue Economy

8 February 2019  | General

Sustainable ocean governance is critical for sustainable economic growth, employment and poverty alleviation. So, as research shows, is gender equality. Creating two-way opportunities for empowering women and growing the Blue Economy was the topic of an Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) webinar, Women’s Economic Empowerment and the Blue Ocean Economy, that took place in January.

By Andrea Teagle.

University World News Africa Special Report acknowledges work being done by EPD

University World News Africa Special Report acknowledges work being done by EPD

South Africa's 4th Industrial Revolution belongs to the youth

16 January 2019  | Research Use and Impact Assessment

“Data is the new gold, the new oil of the 21st century”. So pronounced Vladimír Šucha, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre at the SA-EU Strategic Partnership Dialogue Conference on disruptive technologies and public policy last month. Policies need to equip youth with technological skills and opportunities if South Africa is to extract and reap, equitably, the benefits of big data, our most valuable future resource.

By Andrea Teagle, HSRC Science Writer

The biggest cost burden of Africa's growing diabetes epidemic is borne by the poorest

The number of people with diabetes in Africa will almost triple between 2015 and 2040, rising from 14.2 million to 34.2 million, according to The International Diabetes Federation (IDF). Accurate health and cost data is essential to meeting the problem and providing cost effective treatment and preventative measures. Because of the severity of the complications associated with diabetes, such as kidney failure and heart disease, strained healthcare systems are already struggling to bear the costs.

Urban-rural collaboration part of the recipe for balanced development

To mark the 40th anniversary of its opening-up policy, China hosted an international forum to share the lessons of its metamorphosis from an impoverished agrarian society to a powerhouse of the global economy. One of the country’s best-kept secrets revealed at the forum was the collaboration fostered between cities and rural areas to induce development in lagging regions. South Africa could learn much from this experience of building prosperity and cohesion from the bottom up through reciprocal actions by localities.

Statement by the HSRC and UNAIDS on a joint 2018 World AIDS Days partnership seminar on HIV drug resistance

3 December 2018  | Latest News  | HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB

HIV Drug Resistance: Results from the Fifth South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence Behaviour and Communication survey, and impact on the 90-90-90 targets

Pretoria, Monday 3 December 2018

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