[Human] development is about removing the obstacles to what a person can do in life, obstacles such as illiteracy, ill-health, lack of access to resources, or lack of civil and political freedoms. Fukuda-Parr 2003
The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Human Development, launched in April 2014, is one of the 15 CoEs established by the Department of Science and Technology through the National Research Foundation. CoEs are a major investment by government in the capacity and productivity of South African science and technology.
The Centre of Excellence in Human Development (CoE-HUMAN) is the only CoE based in the human and social studies.
The study of human development puts people at the centre stage of our national concerns and emphasises the importance of opportunities for everyone to lead a full life of their choosing.
Child and family wellbeing, across time, is at the heart of human development, enabled by economic and social security. This requires a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach, across social, psychological, biological and public health disciplines.
CoE-HUMAN is funded by the South African Department of Science and Technology through the National Research Foundation.