The Child Support Grant (CSG) is a rare example in Africa of a comprehensive social grant programme for poor children, reaching 9.85 million children as of June 2010. In 2009 the Department of Social Development (DSD), the Social Security Agency (SASSA) and UNICEF South Africa commissioned an evaluation of the Child Support Grant, the first impact evaluation to date using a rigorous, quasi-experimental research design. The evaluation follows a mixed-method approach, integrating quantitative and qualitative research methods. The first phase of the work includes developing an evaluation strategy, conducting a qualitative assessment and undertaking a baseline survey for the quantitative assessment. Later proposed phases of this evaluation will include a second qualitative study and an evaluation survey. This report presents the results of the first qualitative assessment undertaken in 2010.
Department of Social Development, South African Social Security Agency; UNICEF. Child Support Grant Evaluation 2010: Qualitative Research Report. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy (2011) viii + 140 pp.