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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 use, such as in textbooks, please contact us.

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Cost Analysis – Institutional and family-based care for children, India

Current project: More information will follow when completed.

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Factsheets – Violence prevention, South Africa

In 2023 the national Department of Social Development (DSD) approved a new Sector Funding Policy (SFP) for public comment. This new policy impacts how the DSD funds services provided by partners in the non-profit organisation (NPO) sector. It provides guidance on what services will be funded and how much will be allocated for specific services. […]

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Briefs and brochures – Child wellbeing, Mozambique

Current project: More information to follow when completed.

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Investment Case – Underfunded sectors, Mozambique

The overall objective of the assignment is to develop a comprehensive evidence-based investment case for priority children’s social sectors in Mozambique. The aim is to improve social services policy, planning implementation and budgeting by identifying, costing and promoting investments in critical services for children.

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Policy Costing – Projections for expansion of preschool infrastructure, Kosovo

The Kosovo government, through the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), committed to implementing rapid measures for scaling-up access to preschool infrastructure, and ensuring more equitable access to quality preschool programmes. UNICEF Kosovo worked closely with MESTI to develop a methodology to inform the expansion of preschool infrastructure. During 2022, Cornerstone Economic Research […]

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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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