Year Published: 2019

Authors: Tawanda Makusha, Wessel van den Berg, Gloria Khoza and Andre Lewaks

Publisher: Sonke Gender Justice and UNICEF SA

Suggested Citation: Makusha T, Van den Berg W, Khoza G & Lewaks A (2019) Engaging South African fathers: The MenCare childcare and protection programme. Pretoria: Sonke Gender Justice and UNICEF SA. [Programme brief]


This programme brief provides a review of programmes that promote or facilitate the involvement of fathers and father figures in their children’s lives. It provides an overview of parenting programmes across the world and the results of the MenCare South Africa Childcare and Protection Programme’s evaluation, and finally makes recommendations for policies and programmes to encourage the promotion of responsive, non-violent fathers as caregivers in South Africa.