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About the Centre

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) awarded a Centre of Excellence in Human Development to the University of Witwatersrand in 2014. Like other Centres of Excellence, it was established to concentrate existing research excellence, capacity and resources to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines and institutions on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive in order to enhance the pursuit of research excellence and capacity 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. From early child development to transforming our society, the study of human development puts people on the centre stage of our national concerns. It requires a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach and the study of the past and the future, across the social, psychological and biological disciplines.

Read our 2018 annual report here