Brendan Maughan-Brown has joined the J-PAL Africa team as its Research Advisor. His role involves providing strategic leadership and management oversight to the research division, developing new research opportunities for J-PAL affiliated researchers, and exploring opportunities for administrative data use in randomised evaluations in South Africa. Brendan also continues in his position as a Chief Research Officer at SALDRU where he conducts public health research, with a focus on HIV.
SALDRU’s Murray Leibbrandt co-Chairs the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Population, Poverty and Inequality together with Jocelyn Findlay of Harvard University. From 27-29 June 2019 the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan played host to a large international conference organized by this Scientific Panel. SALDRU's Rocco Zizzamia presented joint work with Murray Leibbrandt and David Lam.
Towards the end of June, the fifth annual Siyaphumelela Conference took place at the Wanderers Club, Johannesburg. This conference provided a platform for those involved with Siyaphumelela to share and discuss the interventions they have undertaken over the last five years to tackle challenges in the university sector. SALDRU researchers Nicola Branson and Samantha Culligan presented the concept of a Stronger South African Nation website to the audience.
As part of the SALDRU-led research consortium to design a Basic Package of Support for young people who are not in education, employment or training, the project recently partnered with the youth leadership organisation, Activate!, to run workshops to gain a deeper insight into the challenges faced by young people in South Africa, their needs and their everyday experiences.
This month, the South African node of the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research (ACEIR) (hosted in SALDRU), participated in a networking workshop organised by the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and the “Northern 8” (N8) universities of the UK. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate collaboration and provide a platform for joint projects amongst the ARUA network and the N8 universities.