PLAAS (Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies) wants to make statistics about land reform more readily available to researchers, journalists and policy makers. According to Dr Ben Cousins at PLAAS, statistics and numbers about land reform are often misunderstood or misquoted. This is why PLAAS is publishing accurate statistics available in the form of a range of fact sheets. The fact sheets will be informative and useful in debates, discussions and articles.
Design for development designs and prints many reports and books for the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies or PLAAS. PLAAS does research, policy engagement, teaching and training about the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in Southern Africa. Read more on their website, and very informative blog, Another Countryside.
The latest book we designed and printed is called Farm workers and farm dwellers in Limpopo, South Africa: struggles over tenure, livelihoods and justice. It is a study of four commercial farms in Limpopo province and examines how recent changes – economic restructuring, land reform and migration – are affecting people living there. The book is the result research done by Poul Wisborg, Ruth Hall, Shirhami Shirinda, and Phillan Zamchiya between 2007 and 2010. The research was done as part of a joint project between PLAAS and Noragric, part of the Norwegian Univertisity of Life Sciences. Continue Reading →
As an all women office, we have strong feelings about issues like rape and gender based violence. When Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) asked us to design a guide for women affected by violence, we were excited to work on a publication that will help and empower women. This is a book that gives practical information for survivors and speaks directly about a sensitive subject.
January 24, 2013
In November 2012, our small group set out to take photos of women. Our challenge was to collect photos for a guide for women who have been raped or experienced gender-based violence. We spent a very special few days moving from one location to another to photograph women in the places where they live and work.
There were no teams of people, studios, lights, cars and backup. Just a small group of women working together. A key feature was that we had not worked together before – some of us had never been involved in a photoshoot before. We collected a few adhoc photographers ‘assistants’ along the way, and at one time a ‘body guard’ when the deserted area we were working in felt unsafe! It was a remarkable collaborative and co-operative few days.
January 23, 2013
This is the third issue of the NSP Review, a joint project between the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27. We are responsible for the design of the printed publication as well as the online version. It aims to monitor the implementation of the National Strategic Plan for HIV, STIs and TB (NSP) and increase awareness and engagement by organisations and people working in the field.
On the cover is Dr Fareed Abdullah, the new CEO of the South African National Aids Council (SANAC). SANAC has gone through substantial changes under his leadership – how will this impact actual progress in clinics and hospitals? Learn more about him and how he plans to reach the targets set by the new NSP in the in-depth interview. Continue Reading →
This edition of Equal Treatment teaches us about HIV – why it is important to know your status, what is a CD4 count, treatment and lots more. It starts with an interview of Thembisile Ferguson Madikane who has been on ARV treatment for more than 10 years. He tells about the times in 2000 when ARV treatment was not available in the public sector and he had to pay for it from his own pocket. His relationship with Ubuntu clinic in Khayelitsha where he learnt more about HIV and eventually got treatment. Thembisile developed resistance to first-line and second-line treatment regimens and is currently one of the few patients on third-line therapy. Read his full story, and find out why third line treatment isn’t yet available for everyone who needs it. Continue Reading →
Kheth’Impilo needs little introduction in the health world. It’s extensive programmes and proactive way of dealing with the HIV epidemic are reflected in their work. Their slogan says it clearly: “Choose Life for an AIDS-free Generation”. Design for development was asked to work with Kheth’Impilo on the production of their annual report.
Fix the Patent Laws is a campaign by the Treatment Action Campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to help ensure that every person living with HIV has access to quality, comprehensive prevention and treatment services to live a healthy life.
July 24, 2012
The Treatment Action Campaign has been fighting for the rights of HIV positive people since 1998. They educated and mobilised thousands of people living with HIV to demand treatment. They’ve achieved astounding victories, won a constitutional court case that forced government to provide treatment to HIV positive pregnant women in 2002. They fought pharmaceutical companies to bring down the cost of ARVs; challenged stigma and showed that you can live a full and active life with HIV.
The TAC also helped develop both the old and the new National Strategic Plans for HIV, STIs and TB. Now, after more than a decade of hard work, the future looks a bit brighter for people affected by HIV. To read more about the history of the TAC, read their inspiring book, Fighting for our Lives.
In 2009 the international community cut back on funding pledged to the Global fund. It had a big impact on ARV programmes throughout Africa and also on the TAC. The TAC’s work is far from over. There is still much work to be done in educating communities about HIV. The government’s implementation of the National Strategic Plan needs to be monitored. Continue Reading →
Merylle Cornelson is a longtime friend and colleague of Design for development. She established Kallid Creative Identity, her very own company brand, after working for many years at Dotted Line Design.
What sets Merylle apart is her strong focus on business and networking. She won the WECBOF Business Person of the year, young entrepreneur category in 2010. This she used as a stepping stone to learn more about business and entrepreneurship. Merylle now mentors other small business startups to share her knowledge.
Design for development had the pleasure and privilege of sharing offices with her for a few years and can testify to her positive and creative spirit. We asked her a few questions about life, design and the universe she inhabits.