DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development
Human development involves the processes, on an individual and social level, towards fulfilment, not only of basic needs but of values including freedom, security, achievement and belonging.
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Our latest research nuggets
A brief, freely available checklist could help tackle nutritional issues in South African women before and during pregnancy: The FIGO Nutrition Checklist.
Self-reported changes in alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking behaviour in a nationally representative population after total alcohol and tobacco sale restrictions were implemented during SAs COVID-19 lockdowns.
Mental Health Risk in South Africa: Nearly 20% of South African adults suffer from impaired mental health, with less than a quarter of this population ever seeking mental health treatment.
Socially vulnerable groups at greater risk for food insecurity: South Africa’s socially vulnerable groups are at a greater risk of experiencing food insecurity.
Rural communities in South Africa have the potential to adopt renewable energy resources such as solar photovoltaics, but they are not adequately harnessed.
COVID-19 and adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Africa: The COVID-19 pandemic significantly compromised the health and wellbeing of the youth population globally, where experts have called attention to the detrimental impact of the lockdown
COVID-19 and the informal economy in South Africa: The precarious nature of the informal economy needs more attention and innovative policies to alleviate pressure on low-income households during pandemics/contractionary periods.
Protecting South Africa’s Human Capital: How early life adversity can curb our potential for productivity, health and wellbeing. Research shows that giving children the best possible start in life is central in developing a country’s human capital.
Rethinking water, sanitation, and hygiene for human growth and development. Identification of age appropriate biological outcomes and WASH indicators, while anticipating the timing of life-course suitability of the interventions being operational.
The slow violence of malnutrition: Improving child nutrition is a long-term investment in human capital, which has a triple dividend for the children of today, the adults of tomorrow and the next generation of children.