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Changing Social Policy

The Child Support Grant in South Africa

Francie Lund

Format210mm x 148mm (Soft Cover)
ISBN 100-7969-2200-4
ISBN 13978-07969-2200-7
Publish Year2008
RightsWorld Rights
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An important historical record of one part of post-apartheid South Africa’s policymaking, Changing Social Policy in South Africa charts the generation of the Report of the Lund Committee, which ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Child Support Grant (CSG) in post-apartheid South Africa.

It provides a broad overview of the context of policy reform at the time of South Africa’s transition to democracy, looks at the patterns of poverty and inequality that the first democratically elected government of South Africa had to address and also delves into the welfare sector, first under apartheid, and then the move towards developmental social welfare.

Through this work, Lund allows readers to understand the transformation from traditional and discriminatory welfare under apartheid, to the more progressive and developmental social welfare system to emerge in South Africa.

Changing Social Policy in South Africa provides a unique lens into the manner in which evidence, ideology, financial possibilities, personality, struggle and compromise all came together in the business of policymaking.

Tables and figures
Foreword by Thandika Mkandawire
Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and acronyms
A note on terms

The Context
Poverty, inequality and the situation of children and families in South Africa
Engaging in policy reform at the time of transition
From apartheid welfare to developmental social welfare
Social assistance and the State Maintenance Grant
The Committee
Method of work

Policy Alternatives
Reform of the private parental maintenance system
Increase in support for mainstream social welfare services
Support for the emerging development social welfare model: the Flagship Programme for Unemployed women with Children 0 – 5
Support for nutritional programmes for young children
Support for Early Childhood Development programmes
Support for Social Funds
A new cash transfer

The Child Support Grant

Compromises and Controversies
The phasing out of the State Maintenance Grant
A universal benefit or a means tested grant
Accepting a 'fiscal constraint'
The participation of civil society in policy reform

The Road from Policy to Practice
The implementation task team
Piloting new reforms
Communicating about new reforms
Accounting for the passage of the reforms
Looking back

About the Author/s

Professor Francie Lund works part-time at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she specialises in social policy in the School of Development Studies. She works part-time for WIEGO – Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising. Trained as a sociologist and social worker, she practised as a grassroots organiser and researcher in the fields of early childhood development, rural primary health care, and urban infrastructure. A longstanding research interest has been the impact of South Africa’s pensions and grants in mitigating poverty and redressing inequality. She is engaged locally and globally with WIEGO in research and policy advocacy around informal workers, especially regarding local and national policy intervention in the provision of social protection.


Extract from review by Naudé Malan (University of Johannesburg) in The Social Work Practitioner-Researcher , Vol. 20(2), 2008 pp.277-9:

"There is no doubt that this publication should become recommended reading for students of social policy in South Africa. It has wider appeal to scholars in all the social sciences as a serious case study of legislative and policy change. It discusses the CSG not only on its own, but constructively places the debate about the grant within perennial issues like targeting, universalism, development, and participation, thereby broadening its appeal . It has value to policy makers, and should on its own constitute an educational experience for those in government in South Africa and beyond."

Armando Barrientos, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester

"The book is written with the immediacy of a main protagonist, but with the critical detachment of a researcher, a rare feat. For anyone interested in how we are to address child poverty, in South Africa and elsewhere, this is a ‘must read’. The book will also be of interest and benefit to those concerned with policy processes in developing countries."

Jo Beall, Professor of Development Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science

"Intellectually rigorous and deeply moving, demonstrating the value of engaged scholarship and the importance of policy reflection, this book’s appeal to a concerned South African readership is beyond doubt. I would recommend it as highly to academic and policy audiences internationally."

Michael Noble, Professor of Social Policy, University of Oxford

"This book makes an important contribution to international debates on social security policy and the policy-making process. It provides unequivocal support for the importance of cash transfers to alleviate child poverty, and is a rare and excellent example of evidence-based policy making in practice."

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Mercury 18 Dec 2007



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