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Presenting socialprotection.org’s Child Allowance Webinar Series

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On 14th August 2015, the Child Allowance Webinar Series will commence with a webinar dedicated to South Africa’s Child Support Grant. The webinar is supported by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (the IPC-IG/UNDP) and UNICEF and hosted by socialprotection.org.

The purpose of the Child Allowance Webinar Series is to present a variety of child allowance experiences including that of South Africa and Uruguay. Each country will have a dedicated webinar.

Brenton Van Vrede (Acting Deputy Director General, Comprehensive Social Security, at the Department of Social Development, South Africa) will present on South Africa’s Child Support Grant.

Roxana Maurizio (Associate Research-Professor in Economics, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina) will discuss the presentation.

Alejandro Grinspun (Chief of Social Policy, UNICEF South Africa) will serve as the moderator.

The South African Child Support Grant (CSG) features among the world’s most comprehensive social protection programmes and has substantially contributed to a reduction of child poverty rates in South Africa over recent years. The CSG was established in 1998, first targeting only children aged 0-7. Afterwards the programme was progressively opened up to all children under 18 and today reaches over 11 million children from poor and vulnerable families. The webinar will provide first-hand insights on the programme and will discuss several aspects related to the CSG’s design and implementation. In particular the following aspects will be discussed:

  • The rationale for the age-based roll out of the Child Support Grant
  • The South African experience with an unconditional child grant
  • The institutional framework on which the programme is built
  • The costs and financing of the programme
  • The CSG’s impact on child poverty and deprivations in the fields of education, health, and nutrition
  • Future plans for an expansion of the programme.

We invite you to register as an audience member of the webinar.

Presentation schedule:

15:30 – 16:00 Presentation on South Africa’s Child Support Grant by Brenton Van Vrede
16:00 – 16:15 Discussant, Roxana Maurizio
16:15 – 16:30 Audience Questions

Date: 14th August 2015

Time: 3:30PM – 4:30PM (UTC+02:00 – South Africa)

Register for the Webinar!

09:30AM – 10:30AM (UTC-4:00 – New York)
10:30AM – 11:30AM (UTC-3:00 – São Paulo)
3:30PM – 4:30PM (UTC+02:00 – Geneva)
4:30PM – 5:30PM (UTC+3:00 – Nairobi)
8:30PM – 9:30PM (UTC+7:00 – Bangkok)

Following the webinar, the recording of the entire webinar will be available for download on The Child Allowance Online Community, accessible on socialprotection.org.

socialprotection.org is soon to officially launch with the test phase of the beta version of the platform being currently underway. The platform aims to be the online focal point of social protection knowledge-sharing and capacity building among middle and low income countries. The platform is hosted by the IPC-IG, supported by the Development Working Group of the G20 and financed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The Community will allow audience members to submit their comments and questions concerning South Africa’s Child Support Grant Webinar. The Presenter and Moderator of the webinar will be available to answer questions and moderate discussions. To stay up-to-date on this and future Child Allowance knowledge sharing initiatives, Join socialprotection.org

About the Participants


Brenton Van Vrede is the Chief Director for Social Assistance at the National Department of Social Development in the Republic of South Africa; and also currently the Acting Deputy Director General for Comprehensive Social Security. In 2006 he became the budget director for the National Department of Social Development and in 2011 he joined the National Department of Social Development to focus on and pursue his interest in Social Security.

In 1996 Mr. Van Vrede completed a Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy; in 2004 a MBA in the field of health care and in 2015 a Master’s in Management in the field of Social Security.


Roxana Maurizio is an Associate Research-Professor in Economics at Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento (UNGS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Roxana holds a Bachelor in Economics from Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires and a Master’s degree in Political Economy from the same institution. Moreover, she holds a PhD in Economics from Universidad Nacional de la Plata.

Roxana currently coordinates the area of Social Affairs at the Institute of Sciences of UNGS. She also works as an undergraduate and graduate teacher at the University of Buenos Aires and other institutions of higher education. Roxana has held research and consultancy positions for national institutions and international organizations such as the ILO, UNDP, ECLAC, UNICEF and World Bank. One of Roxana’s major areas of expertise are child-focused social protection programmes, labor market issues, labor economics, income distribution, employment and social policies, poverty and the macroeconomics of employment and income.


A graduate from Columbia University’s School of Arts and Sciences, Alejandro Grinspun is a sociologist and public policy specialist who worked in government in his native Argentina in the 1980s, before joining the UN system where he has been working for over 20 years, first with UNDP and now with UNICEF, with postings in Headquarters (New York), Brazil, Mexico, Tanzania and South Africa.

Alejandro’s areas of interest and expertise relate to public policy especially in connection with poverty and inequality, social protection, child wellbeing and rights-based approaches to development. He has published a number of books, articles and reports on these themes, and is currently based in South Africa where he serves as Chief of Social Policy in the UNICEF Office.

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