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pdf.png An Investigation into the Poverty Reduction Co-Benefits of Climate Change-Related Projects in eThekwini Municipality, South Africa 2017

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This study examines 13 purposively selected climate change related projects in eThekwini Municipality to determine their poverty reduction potentials or the lack thereof. The study builds on the document analysis of the poverty reduction co-benefits of 104 climate change-related projects in the Municipality.



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pdf.png A review of poverty reduction within local climate change initiatives: a case of eThekwini Municipality 2017

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This paper reviews 104 climate change projects implemented within eThekwini Municipality. The findings are based on document and content analysis pertaining to the 104 projects to assess whether, how and to what extent the projects engaged with concepts of poverty reduction.



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pdf.png The State of Manufacturing in South Africa & eThekwini: Context for the Large & Medium Manufacturing Firms Survey 2016

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This document, which serves as a background to the report on the constraints to the growth of medium and large manufacturing firms in eThekwini (see Robbins & Velia, 2016) and to that on skills in medium and large firms in eThekwini (see Robbins et al., 2016b), presents the situation with regard to the state of manufacturing in South Africa and in eThekwini through an analysis of secondary data, including through those available through a private data company, Quantec.



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pdf.png Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture in eThekwini: A literature review 2016

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This paper is informed by the broader project on climate change adaptation and poverty reduction. The aim of this project is to understand what forms of government policy and practice intervention in KwaZulu-Natal, and beyond, can lead to successful pro-poor climate change adaptation activities.



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pdf.png A Review of Contested Perspectives on Climate Change Finance 2016

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In this report, we present a critical review of literature on climate change financing. The review engages the meaning, sources and monitoring of the flow of climate finance. We also present discourses on issues related to the evaluation of the social impacts of climate finance on intended beneficiaries. These debates are contextualised in eThekwini Municipality’s approach to climate change adaption and mitigation.



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pdf.png Conceptualising Climate change Mitigation and Adaptation: A Review of Conceptual Challenges and the Prospects of a New Understanding 2017

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This paper addresses some fundamental concerns in relation to current approaches to climate change mitigation and adaption. It examines the conceptual ambiguity that muddles the terrain of climate change mitigation and adaptation and highlights their implications for climate-related projects in general and for the poor and vulnerable communities in particular. To further highlight these challenges, it draws from the eThekwini Municipality in South Africa, an example of a local action in addressing climate change.



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pdf.png The Lived Experience of Climate Change: Small-Scale Farmers, Vulnerability and Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in eThekwini 2017

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Because of the dominance of conventional scientific knowledge in climate change debates, there is little research in South Africa on the translatability of climate change (and its complex language and power dimensions) to local socio-economic conditions and whether local farmers’ experience of it is taken into account by policymakers and practitioners. Using interviews, document analysis and observation, we sought answers to this key question: How do small-scale farmers adopt (if at all), ignore, resist or remain indifferent to the dominant interventions and discourses around climate change and agriculture in their lived experiences?



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pdf.png The difficulty level of a national assessment of Grade 9 mathematics: The case of five schools 2017

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In this small-scale study, I compare the differences in outcomes between the internal summative assessment and the ANA for Grade 9 learners from five schools. The results indicate that the learners’ results from the final exam were statistically significantly higher than that from the ANA for all five schools.



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pdf.png Poverty reduction co-benefits through indigenous knowledge in climate change adaptation: A study within eThekwini municipality 2017

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The research utilizes mixed methods to discuss the incorporation of concepts of sustainable livelihoods for climate change adaptation in the  eThekwini municipality,



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pdf.png An Analysis of the Grade 3 Department of Basic Education workbooks as curriculum tools 2016

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This study provides an assessment of the purpose to which the workbooks are best suited by analyzing the Grade 3 Mathematics and Home Language English workbooks for 2015 in the light of the DBE’s intentions for the workbooks. The study considers alignment of the workbooks with the official national curriculum, the Curriculum and Assessment Policy (CAPS), as well as ‘conceptual signaling’ and progression in the content of the workbooks.



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