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Current Projects


So far 516 project ideas have been submitted to the UCT Knowledge Co-op, since its start late in 2010.

A number of them have been matched to students or academics of which some are currently underway and 160 have already been Completed.

Listed below are projects that are currently underway.

Project Name
Project Description 


#38. Participatory evaluation



Participatory evaluation of CRC to assess its impact
Submitted by: Children's Resource Centre
UCT partners: Public Law - Prof Hugh Corder & Jessica Burn 
#94.1. Reasons for dropping out of school


Understand the ultimate reasons for Philippi children not completing school.
Submitted by: Amandla Development
UCT partners: Social Development - Dr Khosi (Alvina) Kubeka and Lovemore Vushe
#116. Early Literacy Development


Impact of literacy and language development in Grade R classrooms
Submitted by: Wordworks
UCT partners: Division of Communication - Sciences & Disorders – A/Professor Harsha Kathard, Maaliyah Orrie & Prianka Parus
#162. NGO networking model


Assess impact on community wellness as NGOs network with each other & Government departments; identify strategies for networking.
Submitted by: Living Hope
UCT partners: Social Development - Dr Khosi Kubeka & Kathleen Richards
#206. E-cigarettes: what do people think?


Determine the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs re e-cigarettes compared to normal ones
Submitted by:  CANSA
UCT partners: Social & Behavioural Sciences- Ms Alison Swartz, Phakani Mhazo
#265. Social benefits of gardening


Research the impact that (food) gardening has on the mental well-being of people and the contribution it makes towards Social Cohesion. 
Submitted by: SEED
UCT partners: Environmental & Geographical Sciences – Dr Shari Daya and Lanielle Hartzenberg
#371. Effectiveness of tutoring for learners


Evaluate the effectiveness and/or impact of a non-profit tutoring programme for high school learners in Phillipi, considering significant factors.
Submitted by: SAEP
UCT partners: Organisational Psychology - Dr Chao Mulenga, Erwin Miyoba
#376. Law enforcement across levels of governance


Investigate the relationships between entities involved with upholding the law: building community resilience to crime; community perceptions on what works for effective lobbying for safety; legal frameworks required for that.
Submitted by: Councillor, Ward 64
UCT partners: Safety and Violence Initiative/Criminology - Mr Guy Lamb, Oliver Ndou
#378.1.  Nature suffers in governance gaps


How best to limit the impact of urbanisation (homelessness, crime) on natural resources in terms of the gaps between the levels of government at City level?
Submitted by: Councillor, Ward 64
UCT partners: Sociology - A/Prof Frank Matose, Tafadzwa Dzingwe 
#392. Determinants for community development


Identify determinants (success factors) for a successful sustainable community development strategy in a local context
Submitted by: Habitat for Humanity
UCT partners: Mechanical Engineering- Dr Corinne Shaw, John Onyeagoziri
#404. Is prostitution work?


Is prostitution regarded as 'work' by those selling sex? What are the reasons for their position? To inform advocacy.

Submitted by: Embrace Dignity

 UCT partners: Sociology- Ms Bianca Tame & Colleen Gwazani

#421. Impact of nature camp on prejudice


Conduct a tracer study to assess if a Wilderness Immersion for diverse group of youth contributes toward changing previously held prejudices.

Submitted by:  Rim of Africa

 UCT partners: Sociology- Dr Frank Matose, Danielstar Okeyo

#431. M&E of Youth Employment Programme


Develop a framework/tools for M&E to assess the impact of a programme using volunteering to prepare youth for jobs.

 Submitted by: Action Volunteers for Africa

 UCT Partners: Economics - Dr Cecil Mlatsheni & Mapaseka Setlhodi;
Organisational Psychology - A/Prof Sarah Chapman & Thomas Guattari-Stafford


#437. Sanitary pads for schools

Study the impact of providing sanitary pads to teenage girls on their schooling attendance and outcomes.

Submitted by: Living Hope

UCT partners: Social Anthropology - Prof Fiona Ross, Nicole Bento

#452. Adherence to medication


Assess the adherence of elderly persons to medications and use of assisted devices.

Submitted by: NOAH

UCT partners: Health Innovation and Design Division of Biometrical Engineering - Dr Nailah Conrad and Tinashe Mutsvangwa and MPhil class

#453. Domestic violence intervention services


Explore women’s perceived reasons for using domestic violence intervention services and their views about these services among women using MOSAIC services in Cape Town.

Submitted by: MOSAIC

UCT partners: Social Development- Ms Fatima Williams, Sarah Birungi

#457. Benefits of Montessori pre-schooling


Assess the value of attending a Montessori pre-school, with Grade R based on the CAPS curriculum, for disadvantaged children in the Cape Flats. Identify possible factors for any benefits.

Submitted by: Phillipi Children's Centre

UCT partners: Organisational Psychology - Ms Adiilah Boodhoo, Amosse Ubisse

#458. Substance abuse and young people


Quantitative study of the prevalence of substance abuse (alcohol, dagga, tik) among children and young people (aged 8 - 18)in Ocean View Assess the need for teenage rehab.

Submitted by: Living Hope

UCT partners: Ms Sophia Allie, Micaela Tedder, Jadene du Preez, Fiona Gie, Jessica Clark, Jessica Holmes, Caitlin Stott, Thaakirah Ismail, Imrah Isaacs, Ashleigh Fagan, Stacey Jacobs, Brittany Watkins-Baker.

This table was updated in December 2018.