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Who are we?

SPII is an independent, non-profit think tank, committed to the eradication of
poverty and inequality in South Africa and the sub region.

Through research we seek to develop innovative, evidence-based solutions that address the causes and consequences of poverty.

SPII is rooted in the values of the South African constitution. We believe that poverty undermines democracy and inhibits the development of society as a whole.

Latest from SPII

Letter to Political Parties 31 March 2014

This letter is sent to you by a collective of mass based organisations, civil society organisations and individuals committed to democracy in South Africa. We believe that all South Africans should actively ensure that the constitutional principles of accountability, transparency and openness become shared values. This is applicable not only to public officials but also to […]

PRESS RELEASE 1 April 2014

Civil society takes a stand against secretive political party funding A wide range of mass-based organisations and NGOs concerned with the current lack of transparency and accountability has written to 14 political parties demanding them to reveal who has been funding them. The letter requests, ‘As you campaign in the elections we call on you […]

Latest News

Soweto residents tell ANC treasurer to create more jobs, houses

Sapa Residents of Freedom Park, Soweto, on Wednesday called on the ANC to create jobs and houses.African National Congress treasurer Zweli Mkhize was on a campaign trail in Freedom Park, Soweto. He was accompanied by former soccer player Kgomotso “Tso” Vilakazi, Derrick Spencer, and Miss Soweto, Makhanani Chabalala to woo residents’ votes.”As you can see, […]

Africa’s number one economy, for wealth evaporation

By Patrick Bond Jim O’Neill – the Goldman Sachs banker who in 2001 coined the idea of a Brazil-Russia-India-China ‘BRIC’ serving as “building bricks of the 21st century world economy” – has another bright idea. He recently announced a new fascination with the Mexico-Indonesia-Nigeria-Turkey countries, which “all have very favourable demographics for at least the […]

Debt, uneven development and capitalist crisis in South Africa: from Marikana microfinance mashonisas to Moody’s macroeconomic monitoring

By Patrick Bond The power, vulnerability and destructiveness of financial markets have spiraled out of control in a South Africa that by 2012 was amongst the most unequal, economically volatile and protestintensive in the world. The scourge of debt made itself felt in many sites, but of interest in both criticizing and promoting solutions is […]

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Latest Publications

Policy Brief 2: Towards a Decent Living Level

Policy Brief: Participative Construction of a Basket of Basic Goods and Services for a Decent Living Level in a Democratic South Africa On 22 November 2013, Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), the Labour Research Service (LRS) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) held a second seminar as part of the project “Constructing of […]

Budget analysis

  This review reflects the findings of SPII’s investigation into National and Provincial budget allocations over a 5 year period 2007/08 – 2011/12. Although the tax base has broadened in recent years to include over 10 million tax payers in 2010/11, tax revenue as a percentage of GDP has been dwindling since the 2008 global […]

Social Security policy review

This policy review has been undertaken as part of a broader project conducted by the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII). The objectives of the larger project are to develop a monitoring   tool to measure and evaluate the progressive realisation of socio-economic rights (SERs) in South Africa. Integral to this monitoring tool is an […]

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POLICY BRIEF 3

Towards a Decent Living Level Policy Brief: Participative Construction of a Basket of Basic Goods and Services for a Decent Living Level in a Democratic South Africa. On 22 November 2013, Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), the Labour Research Service (LRS) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) held a second seminar as part […]

Policy Brief 1 – Monitoring the right to social security in South Africa

Policy Brief 1 – Monitoring the right to social security in South Africa The realisation of socio-economic rights (SERs) is crucial to South Africa overcoming the persistent challenge of poverty and inequality. However, unless the implementation or SERs as promised in the Constitution is monitored and tracked over time, their inclusion on paper might not […]

SOCIAL DIALOGUE PROGRAMME

SOCIAL DIALOGUE PROGRAMME Located in the constitutional imperatives of public participation, SPII is committed to advancing access to the research, findings and recommendations of the research undertaken by the Institute, to audiences that are both situated in the policy and resource- allocation decision –making processes and those beyond.  Shaping and contributing to national debates and […]

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