As media we are so used to focusing on the short-term, the news story, that sometimes longer-term processes get missed. Which is a pity, because often those longer processes are the good news stories. It’s important to take a moment to celebrate how things are getting better. BDlive this week reported that children from homes which receive social grants are a full centimetre taller, and do better in school, than children from homes that don’t. This completely changes the arguments around social grants, and their long-term impacts.
According to a University of Stellenbosch study, households on the social grant system spend more money on food and other necessities, and less on what are called “adult goods” like booze and cigarettes. It is this that is having the positive impact on our children – all for a measly R310 per month per child per household.
If China has done more to banish poverty in the last two decades than any other nation at any time in history, it’s probably safe to say that never in our own country has one intervention made such a difference. While there is often a huge focus on economic policy to get an…
Source : Daily Maverick