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Identifying vulnerable children excluded from the CSG

Although research testifies to the developmental value of the Child Support Grant (CSG), studies also find that sizable numbers of vulnerable children still fall beyond its reach, particularly adolescents and young children less than a year old. Patricia Martin of Advocacy Aid served as lead researcher in a project commissioned by UNICF and SASSA (the South African Security Agency) to identify who these excluded children are, the causes of their continued exclusion, and the steps that can be taken to remedy the situation.

In particular, the study's overarching aims were:

  • to analyse the suitability, adequacy and appropriateness of the design of various SASSA and other departmental programmes in order to address the barriers that prevent especially vulnerable groups of children from accessing the CSG;
  • to assess the effectiveness of these programmes; and
  • to lay the foundation for the development of stronger programmes and innovations to ensure that all CSG-eligible children access their right to social security.

    Click here to download the CSG exclusion study.