Cornerstone Economic Research developed the methodology for conducting performance and expenditure reviews (PERs) in 2012. Using this methodology, in 2013 the National Treasury, in partnership with the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency, initiated a series of PERs of selected public programmes or policies, of which CER conducted the six reviews presented on this page. For further information, and to see PERs carried out by other parties, please go to the GTAC websiteClick here to download a description of the PER methodology.

Economic Development - Nutrition and Food Security for Children

Authors: Conrad Barberton, Jonathan Carter, Carmen Abdoll, Edna Berhane, Scott Drimie
Date: 2015-10-28

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In the mid-1990s, government introduced the Integrated Nutrition Programme. It aimed to improve the health of the poor by delivering a range of nutrition-specific interventions (e.g. vitamin supplementation, deworming, and nutrition education) and complementary interventions (e.g. the provision of water, sanitation and income support to indigent households). (Source: Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) 2016. www.gtac.gov.za Accessed: 31 October 2016)

In 2014 the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in The Presidency commissioned a Diagnostic/Implementation Evaluation of Nutrition Interventions for Children from Conception to age 5 (the evaluation report). This PER study is an extension of this evaluation of nutrition interventions – focussing on the costing aspects of the nutrition interventions.

The purpose of this PER is to explore current spending on, and the cost of delivering nutrition interventions to, young children. It deals with 16 of the 18 interventions covered by the DPME evaluation, and also looks at spending on the Child Support Grant (CSG). In order to do this, it considers the policy background to the Integrated Nutrition Programme, an analysis of the programme’s performance and expenditure, as well as a discussion of the costing model used to establish the key cost drivers of the programme.