Shared value: how business can support children and prevent violence

Intervening in the first three years of life is cost effective, with greater returns on social investment.

As the world seeks sustainable solutions to rapid urbanisation, looking to redesign and create smart cities, identify strategies to alleviate climate change and develop future-fit children through the Sustainable Development Goals, most South Africans remain trapped in survival mode. In this policy brief the authors look at how South African businesses can create shared value through supporting early childhood development.

About the authors

Kamesh Flynn is an early learning thought leader and policymaker with an MA in Development Policy in Practice at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance (UCT).

Chandré Gould is a Senior Research Fellow in the Justice and Violence Prevention programme at the ISS. She convenes the national dialogue forum for evidence-based programmes to prevent violence against women and children. Celia Hsiao is the Research Lead at the LEGO Foundation, supporting its ‘learning through play’ agenda.

Celia Hsiao is the Research Lead at the LEGO Foundation, supporting its ‘learning through play’ agenda. 

Sara Naicker is Research Manager at Save the Children South Africa providing overall strategic direction and management of the research agenda for the SCSA programmes.

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Development partners
This policy brief is funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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