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Current Projects


So far 350 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 90 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
#130. Aging out of Care


Preparing a cohort of 40 children to leave care at age 18. Write up current process and recommend improvement. 

Submitted by: Home from Home
UCT partners: Psychology – Dr Shose Kessi, Monica Goemans
#131. Curriculum for Sisters


Help develop & offer training to women wanting to leave prostitution
Submitted by: Embrace Dignity 
UCT partners: Sociology - A/Professor Amrita Pande & Mmabatho Mahumapelo
#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
#236. Hate crimes against LGBTI


Document &/ analyse data on hate crimes against LGBTI persons. 
Submitted by: Triangle project
UCT partners: Public Law – A/Professor Julie Berg and Lynda Duffett
#239. Case Management System for Hate Crimes


Design system to manage cases of hate crimes.

Submitted by:  Triangle Project 

UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Zack Zornitta
#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
#269.3.  Computer Literacy for Learners


Basic computer literacy skills for learners at Usasazo Secondary School

Submitted by:  Schools Improvement Initiative
UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Philicia Behari, Nasiha Ally, Philip de Castro, Phozisa Qwemesha
#281.2 Website updating


Assist the Knowledge Co-op with website updates and uploading of information.

Submitted by:  Knowledge Co-op

UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Juliet Magagula

#336. 2. Tutor at Coding Class


Tutor at coding classes on Saturdays, weekdays or during a holiday camp.

Submitted by:  Code4CT

UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Tshiamo Motsoane, Lusanele Kumnandi Matola, Asongezwa Sitwebile, Shanay Paideya, Tokollo Noko, Fadzai Mupfunya, Ryan Tripod
#360. Indicator of gender-sensitivity


Assessment of Boxgirls to identify indicators of gender-sensitivity relevant to work with young girls.
Submitted by: Boxgirls
UCT partners: Sociology - Ms Bianca Tame, Kate Houliston
#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
#393. Walkable streets


Develop a design to bring life and safety to a street, preventing it from becoming a 'crime alley'.

Submitted by: Church Str community

UCT partners: Information Systems- Kouthar Dollie, Nathan Esra, Carryn Joseph, Mantombi Manqele, Pratish Dullabh, Vusumzi Malgas, Elvis Sabatane, Diya Seeburrun
#400. Lived experience of homelessness


Use Photovoice to explore issues affecting people living on the street, e.g. drug use, difficulties of finding / staying in a job / other.

Submitted by:  Khulisa 

UCT partners: Psychology – Dr Shose Kessi, Carmen Fromke

#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
#408.1. Spreadsheet formulation


Formulate spreadsheets to keep updated costings and weekly updates for expenses and income for 8 social enterprises.

Submitted by:  NOAH

UCT partners: Information systems (HOCIP)- Benson Joubert
#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
#428. Crime cycles


Advice and literature on crime patterns over time due to unemployment.
Submitted by: OBSID
UCT partners: Criminology - Ms Anine Kriegler
#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
#440. Transforming ECD practice


Observe and document an intensive one-on-one mentoring of ECD practitioners over 2-3 months to transform their practice - bilingualism, more responsive pedagogy. How does learning impact on the practice of the teachers?
Submitted by: PRAESA
UCT partners: Social Anthropology - Prof Fiona Ross, Elthéa de Ruiters
#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, Caitlin Stott

This table was updated in October 2018.