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The Child Gauge Report 2016: Children and social assistance

UNICEF South Africa/2016
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UNICEF South Africa Deputy Representative Dr. Yulia Krieger, addresses the Child Gauge Report in Pretoria, 22 November.

PRETORIA, November 2016 - “It is hard to imagine that South Africa could have a better investment in its future than its child grants. There is no single investment that can yield more promise than the Child Support Grant.” Dr Yulia Krieger, Deputy Representative, UNICEF South Africa.

UNICEF’s long-standing partner, The Children’s Institute, based at the University of Cape Town, launched the 11th Child Gauge Report in Pretoria. The theme of this year’s report is “Children and Social Assistance” as the aim, role, benefits and challenges facing the Child Support grant (CSG) were elaborated upon by a panel of experts on the issue.

Addressing an audience of over 150 representatives of civil society, academia and government, speakers focused on the importance of CSG as a critical social assistance strategy that the helps in poverty alleviation and contributes to a better life for the grant recipients.

The Report documents how the CSG has a positive impact on vulnerable, recipient households, enabling them to increase spending on food, health, schooling and nutrition. “Invest in children and invest in the country’s future,” noted Aslinn Delany, Senior Researcher at the Children’s Institute in her presentation on the reports findings.

In her address, UNICEF South Africa Deputy Representative Yulia Krieger described the CSG as a critical contributor towards South Africa achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 





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