SALDRU is an active member of NOPOOR, a five-year project funded by the European Commission that was launched in April 2012. A consortium of 19 research institutions on all continents has put together an ambitious research program with the objective of “Enhancing Knowledge for Renewed Policies against Poverty”, and in particular informing the EU policy for poverty reduction post-MDG. The work is organized by themes such as measuring poverty, social networks, and political systems, which will allow partnerships and comparative studies across continents. SALDRU will be conducting several studies on discrimination, redistribution, and will be coordinating the work around education and social protection across the consortium.
As part of the SALDRU / DataFirst Data Quality Project
funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a Secure Data Centre will be established at the University of Cape Town. Detailed national data will be made available to academics in this centre to enable cutting-edge research at the university. The centre will be set up before the end of 2012.
We will finally be able to digitise and make available all our early poverty research outputs, which includes the old SALDRU Working papers and the papers of the 1984 Carnegie conference on poverty, thanks to a grant from the Digital Repository Group (Humanitec) at UCT. We believe these documents are both of academic interest and historical relevance and are excited to put them in the public domain.
Strategies to overcome poverty and inequality: Towards Carnegie III
Francis Wilson has been tasked by UCT's vice-chancellor Dr Max Price to set up a major national conference in September. For more information about the conference visit www.carnegie3.org.za
NIDS Panel Data Course
2-6 July 2012
This five day training course is designed for people who are interested in using the NIDS panel data but have not yet done so. Participants must have some prior experience of using STATA to analyse cross-sectional household survey data, but need not have previously worked with panel data. Find out more
Revisiting the ‘crisis’ in teen births: What is the impact of teen births on young mothers and their children?
A SALDRU policy brief - This brief has been updated!
Human Capital Consequences of Teenage Childbearing in South Africa
Population Reference Bureau
Conference in Ghana to Promote Evidence-Based Education Policy in Africa
J-PAL Africa (at SALDRU) along with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Ghana Education Service (GES), brought together researchers and policymakers for a conference on "Evidence-Based Education: Policy Making and Reform in Africa." More than 150 participants from 22 countries, working in government ministries, development organizations, and NGOs gathered for two days of presentations summarizing rigorous evidence from randomized evaluations of education programs. The conference concluded with discussions on directions for future research and a panel on how best to scale up successful interventions. Read the Government of Ghana's report on the conference
Workshop on the Weights in the NIDs Dataset
Many users of the NIDS datasets have been perplexed by the different weights that have been released with the data. This may get worse with the release of the second wave, because there are now panel weights and wave 2 cross-sectional weights to add in to the mix. A joint SALDRU/DataFirst workshop was held in May to help users through the different weights, explain what they are as well as give some advice as to how to use them.
The SALDRU seminars recently featured presentations by Susan Godlonton (Michigan University), Shifa Mhbua (UCT), Rebecca Thornton (University of Michigan and JPAL), Jeff Bookwalter (University of Montana), David de la Croix (Universite Catholique de Louvain), Sean Muller (UCT), George Mutasa (UCT), Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (The New School), Nicola Branson (SALDRU, UCT), Cally Ardington (SALDRU, UCT), Ingrid Woolard (NIDS, UCT), Brendan Maughan-Brown (SALDRU, UCT) and Andrew Kerr,(DataFirst, UCT).