Current Institutional Affiliation
Course Assistant (Social Policy for Developing Countries), Institute for Social Development

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2015
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Institute for Social Development (ISD), University of the Western Cape
EXPLORING CHILD POVERTY IN SOUTH AFRICA: Incorporating children’s views into child poverty measurement via participatory poverty assessment and quantitative methods.

Child poverty alleviation/eradication is a global development priority with double relevance as a moral duty and legal obligation of governments. Children's experiences of poverty receive little/no consideration although they are essential for sustainable child poverty eradication as poverty is a subjective matter. In Africa, power relations between adults and children contribute to the dearth of children's perspectives in poverty measurement alongside the adoption of narrow money-metric methods that neglect the multidimensionality of child poverty. The research site – Khayelitsha, an impoverished shantytown in Cape Town, South Africa has historical and topical relevance in South Africa's history of apartheid and socio-economic discrimination that accounts for the relative disadvantage of Black-African South Africans including children. Combining child-centEred participatory poverty assessment with multidimensional data analysis of the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) using the Alkire-Foster method (2007), the validity of this study would be evidenced by its methodological, theoretical and empirical contributions.