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Cornerstone welcomes long term projects as we believe they are often more effective in bringing about meaningful institutional and social change. Below are some of the projects we’ve been involved in. Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit Cornerstone Economic Research, and the source where the material appears. For permission to reprint for commercial uses, such as textbooks, contact us via our contact page.

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Research Paper 3 – The cost of managing menstruation in South Africa

Research Paper No.3 Key Takeaways Cornerstone Economic Research

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Research Paper 2 – The case for collecting data on menstruation in South Africa

Research Paper No.2 Key Takeaways A new panel study should be conducted, with questions that relate to menstrual health and hygiene included. Cornerstone Economic Research

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Research Paper 1 – Using models to cost government policies and programmes in South Africa

Research Paper No.1 The purpose of costing new and existing government programmes is to mobilise and systematise information in a way that presents different options for how to move forward. There has always been a need for such information, and this need is going to remain, given the imperatives to improve the allocation and application […]

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Cost Analysis – Extending the child support grant, South Africa

This report explores the cost implications of two proposals to extend the social protection system in South Africa to cover pregnant women, namely: The report is structured as follows: Recommendations It is critically important to keep the design of grants simple. This ensures that eligible applicants understand them, and makes them easy to administer. Over-complicating […]

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Cost Analysis – Child protection services, Malawi

This study describes the economic burden of extant levels of violence against children in Malawi, thereby quantifying the economic cost to Malawi of underinvesting in children protection services in the country. This study also describes the current landscape of child protection services and budgeting for child protection services in Malawi and presents recommendations for the […]

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Cost Analysis – Measuring the economic burden of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, Ghana

This study examines the effects of SRH on adolescents’ human capital development, in order to understand the magnitude of the burden of poor adolescent sexual and reproductive health service delivery in Ghana and provide a strong evidence base for future advocacy for increased funding in the sector. There is ample theoretical basis for interrogation of […]

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Policy Costing – Riverine Management Programme, South Africa

The Transformative Riverine Management Programme (TRMP), modelled on the eThekwini’s Sihlanzimvelo project, has been in the process of development for some years already as a proactive intervention to reduce flooding and infrastructure damage through appropriate management of riverine ecosystems. The concept is premised on communities being employed to, amongst other tasks, remove litter and invasive […]

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Policy Costing – Future Hope of Addis Ababa Early Childhood Development Initiative, Ethiopia

The Addis Ababa City Administration has developed a comprehensive 2020/2021 annual action plan for the Future Hope of Addis Ababa Early Childhood Development (“ECD”) Initiative. The action plan details the key program components and the key activities to be implemented under each strategic initiative. The RFP notes that the costing should guide the government and […]

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Policy Research – Managing ECD subsidy payments, South Africa

The ECD function for children 7 months to 4 years old is in process of being shifted from the social development sector to the education sector. This means that provincial education departments will need to take over the responsibility of registering and funding ECD services. It is estimated that there are currently around 20 000 ECD […]

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