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April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015: Solar4Africa selected Solarcentury in South Africa to deliver the solar project for USAID.

Technical Notes is an appendix to the Evaluation Report (also known as the Main Report) of World Vision’s Network of Hope program, South Africa 2006 – 2012. Technical Notes consists of extended explanations on technical and substantive matters as necessary, tables and statistical data. This appendix has been compiled to facilitate easy reading in the Main Report. References to the Technical Notes are made throughout the Main Report and follow the sequence of that report’s sections. This appendix is available from Pact South Africa (Pretoria).

CHALLENGE

Helping young South Africans achieve their potential demands a greater investment in literacy skills of primary grade learners in a rural areas.  This challenge is being addressed through enhancing teachers’ skills and recruiting and training community members to serve as literacy volunteers.

CHALLENGE

While South Africa has dramatically improved access to education over the past decade, the quality of education remains very poor. TARMII-FP will work to address this problem by providing teachers with a computer-based assessment tool that will help teachers to more effectively address individual student learning needs in reading.

At the project’s inception, USAID/South Africa’s Health and HIV/AIDS Strategy was responding to the overwhelming challenges posed by the epidemic on individuals, families, communities and society in South Africa. There had been a dramatic rise in HIV infections during the previous decade threatening to undermine many of the advances made since efforts to transform the sector began in 1994. During the fifteen years prior to the project, HIV infection rates among pregnant women in antenatal clinics went from less than one percent (in 1990) to over 30 percent (in 2005).

South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world (Jewkes et al, 2009). Women who experience violence – either sexual or physical – are at increased likelihood for a range of physical, mental and emotional health difficulties (Campbell et al, 2002). GBV also increases the risk of contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a particular concern in South Africa where an estimated 17.3% of adults are living with HIV (Statistics South Africa, 2010).

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