Although the sub-Saharan African population projects to double in the next forty years, the African continent continues to lack adequate vital registration systems needed to accurately generate information about births, deaths, and other life events for development policy and budgets. A grant to the University of Cape Town would support the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe), the only African institution currently training population scientists to use demographic estimation techniques to overcome these poor data systems and convey population data for policy. Through its partnership with the Foundation, CARe supports vulnerable junior scientists from as many as fifteen different African countries to develop skills in technical demography. These scholars move on to research positions in their home governments and research institutes across Southern and Eastern Africa.
About the Grantee
University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Western Cape, 7700, South Africa
Grants to this Grantee
for mentoring writers to increase diversity and visibility in open education
The University of Cape Town aims to increase diversity and increase participation of a wider group of scholars in the peer-reviewed Journal of Interactive Media in Education special edition on open education and social justice. This grant will enable the identification, recruitment, and provision of support for diverse authors to contribute to the journal. It is particularly appropriate to practice social justice by publishing an array of scholarly voices, both experienced and emerging scholars, and ensuring representation of the Global North and South.
for general support of the Centre of Actuarial Research's (CARe) population science training program
for promoting the use of impact evaluations of poverty reduction programs across Africa
This grant to the University of Cape Town (UCT) would support the Africa Region branch of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). This network of researchers uses randomized evaluations of poverty reduction programs to show which interventions work and are cost-effective. The J-PAL Africa unit will (1) identify and seed opportunities for impact evaluations across the continent; (2) help design and raise funds for these evaluations; (3) train local researchers to run the studies; (4) deepen relationships with African policymakers; and (5) promote the use of evidence in policy decisions.