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August 25, 2014

August 22, 2014 Pretoria: South Africa and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday signed an agreement that will assist government to deliver support to the country’s children.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Government Capacity Building and Support (GCBS) Project was signed in Cape Town by Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and USAID South Africa Mission Director Cheryl Anderson.

The agreement, which will run for five years, seeks to enhance the capacity of the department and government in general, in supporting orphans, vulnerable children and youth.

The agreement also focuses on strengthening the department’s response in addressing social and structural barriers that increase the vulnerability of orphans, vulnerable children and youth to HIV, sexually transmitted infections and TB.

The MoA emanates from the US/Africa Summit which was held at the beginning of the month in Washington. President Jacob Zuma and Vice President Joe Biden had at the summit reached an understanding on a number of development issues that the countries could collaborate on.

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).

With the life of the current United States Agency for International Development Southern Africa (USAID/SA) implementing mechanism for the JHU HIV Communication Program scheduled to come to an end in December 2013, University Research South Africa (URSA) was contracted by USAID/SA to conduct an independent end of project evaluation of the JHU HIV Communication Programme project.

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

South Africa has a rapidly growing economy that is highly dependent on fossil fuels.  As the economic status of individuals improves, the demand on already strained energy production and associated greenhouse gas emissions is expected to increase dramatically. The USG aims to assist the Government of South Africa to move towards achievement of the ambitious emissions reduction targets it announced in November 2011 in the National Climate Change Response White Paper.

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Last updated: August 25, 2014

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