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Homelessness in South Africa – exploring the policy implications of research

17 May 2016
11:45 - 13:45

Date: 17 May 2016
Time: 11:45  – 13:45   
Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town


Chris Desmond
Director: Human and Social Development Unit, Human Sciences Research Council
Furzana Timol
Researcher, Human and Social Development Unit, Human Sciences Research Council
Stephan De Beer
Director: Centre for Contextual Ministry, University of Pretoria
Cornelia Finch
Social Development and Early Childhood Development, City of Cape Town

Candice Groenewald
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Human and Social Development Unit, Human Sciences Research  

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein  as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

Homelessness or street-living is a global phenomenon. While a large body of work exists on the experiences of persons living on the streets in developed countries like Canada and the UK, we know relatively little about the experiences of persons living on the street of homelessness in developing countries.  Experiences and understandings of homelessness, and the associated challenges thereof, differ by region and environment. It is therefore essential to obtain a contextual understanding of homelessness in order to develop relevant programmes and interventions and policies to assist persons living in the street and those susceptible to homelessness.

The aim of this seminar is to present current research on homeless in Durban, recently completed research on homelessness in Tshwane and the adopted policy for people living on the street in Cape Town in order to start much needed conversations on understanding homelessness in South Africa, how to better support homeless individuals through practice and research; and how to translate research into evidence-based policy.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban

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