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Thinking about Social Impact Bonds in the South African Context (lessons from the United Kingdom)

Authors: Michael Mulvaney and Laurel Kriegler
Date: 2014-06-02

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Due to growing interest in social impact bonds (SIBs), Cornerstone commissioned research into SIBs during 2013. We had a particular interest in their relevance to the South African context. The research draws on the experience of three SIBs in the United Kingdom. While SIBs have the potential to create substantial alternative sources of finance, their scope is limited. 

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Developing Appropriate Financing Models to Enable the Scale-up of ECD Services

Authors: Jonathan Carter and Conrad Barberton
Date: 2014-05-21

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The first thousand days of a child’s life are critical, and appropriate early childhood development (ECD) is the bedrock for future growth and productivity. Opportunity costs of low levels of nutrition, stimulation and care are substantial, and often irremediable. Financing the scaling up of ECD services to full population coverage, and ensuring the sustainability of this financing model, involves an inter-departmental approach to funding a complete essential package for ECD. This report takes a strategic look at building the systemic capacity of the public sector to deliver this critical service.

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Approaches to the Determination of Maintenance

Author: Adrian Grieve
Date: 2005-04-07

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The different approaches to the determination of maintenance payable by the non-custodial parent within the South African context are outlined and compared. Equitable decisions need to be based on knowledge of the costs and resources of each parent, and the needs and best interests of the child. Ultimately, a formula is not likely to yield efficiency gains in the South African context.

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An investigation into the cost, management and ways of improving the Thuthuzela System

Authors: Conrad Barberton and Adrian Grieve
Date: 2004-06-05

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This study was commissioned by The Bureau of Justice Assistance in 2004, prior to the handing over of the Thuthuzela Care Centres to the NDPP – the centres focus on handling cases of rape, and caring for and protecting victims through the reporting to prosecution process. The report makes recommendations outlining the next steps for implementation. Today, the Thuthuzela Care Centre project is considered an example of best practice.

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Comments on Chapter 14 of Transforming the Present Protecting the Future: Report of the Committee of Inquiry into a Comprehensive System of Social Security for South Africa

Author: Conrad Barberton
Date: 2002-08-08

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In 2002 a Draft Final Report of the Committee of Inquiry into a Comprehensive System of Social Security for South Africa was released. This commentary is a response written to Chapter 14 of Financial Framework for Comprehensive Social Protection. Although factors in the Draft Final Report such as the provision of a universal Basic Income Grant are supported, some comments propose alternative suggestions and considerations to the costing of the Basic Income Grant and the process of developing intergovernmental functionality.

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