Welcome to SPII

The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent not-for-profit research think tank which focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies.

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Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Tool

An analysis of the various judicial and legislative measures and reporting mechanisms and tools used in South Africa to address and monitor SERs highlights their various limitations or shortcomings and points towards the need for a comprehensive monitoring tool which can be applied across all rights.

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SADC Basic Income Grant (BIG) Campaign

The SADC BIG Campaign advocates for the introduction of a SADC wide universal social protection that can be funded from the proceeds of extractive industries mainly. SPII acts as the secretariat for the campaign and heads up the advocacy initiatives with other members of the steering committee.

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Decent Standard of Living

Social protection allocations and wage bargaining is South Africa is based on survivalist levels rather than meeting people’s needs. Through participative community-based research and advocacy initiatives, SPII seeks to advance this discussion and see the adoption of a democratically defined decent standard of living.

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Basic Needs Basket

The overall goal of this project is to generate information and analysis on what people living in poverty require for them to live a dignified, decent and healthy lifestyle and capacity building of select community-based organisation representatives.

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Advocacy

This programme refers to the collective of initiatives by SPII to disseminate our work in order to achieve our objectives. It includes our general media work, our work at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and the use of our quarterly newsletter, SPII Talk.

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Social Protection and Local Economic Development (LED) Graduation Pilot

Building on the successes of the graduation model by the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), the pilot programme sought to link the child support grant (CSG) and Local Economic Development (LED) by targeting small, micro and survivalist enterprises in the informal economy that have a recipient of the CSG within the household.

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News and Statements

PROTECT THE DIGNITY OF WOMEN BY RESPECTING THEIR RIGHT TO ADEQUATE WATER AND SANITATION

South Africa’s miraculous peaceful transition from Apartheid to democracy saw the enacting of one of the most progressive constitutions in the world which guarantees the right to water and sanitation. Yet, as we commemorate 60 years since the 1956 Women’s March, we find that women still bear the brunt of poverty and inequality, their lives are marked with a day-to-day lived experience of chronic marginalisation. This is particularly evident in the indignities suffered due to government system failures concerning water and sanitation. In terms of water, significant strides have been made as South Africa met its Millennium Development Goals target to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation by 2015. However, other indicators show that more still needs to be done.   Read... read more

Publications

SPII Talk Newsletter: 10 YEARS OF SPII: A Decade of Change

As the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) marks the first ten years of its existence, we celebrate a decade of research, advocacy, policy influence, and building a network with policy-makers, funders, and more recently, grassroots-level connections. Ten years on, SPII has become a research think-tank with breadth in its scope, footprint, and stakeholders. The fruits of SPII’s projects today have roots in a long-term strong vision of social justice. We celebrate 10 Years of SPII with this special edition. Download... read more

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About SPII

The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent not-for-profit research think tank which focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies, entering its first 10 years of existence.

The main objectives of SPII’s founding trustees was to create a safe space within which policy analysts and activist in civil society, researchers, intellectuals and government policy-makers could come together to interrogate the development and implementation of effective evidence-based anti-poverty policies necessary to address the growing level of economic, social and political exclusion and inequalities in South Africa, as well as the Southern Africa region more broadly.

SPII is not just another research and policy institute, it puts emphasis on both content (knowledge) and process (inclusive participation). In addition, SPII’s approach relies on identifying and exploring not only areas of agreement between policy actors, but also areas of dissent. Unspoken assumptions and ideological values will ultimately affect the development of appropriate policies. SPII’s methodology acknowledges this and as a result, SPII provides space for policy actors to challenge their own position and those of their peers and to distinguish between occasion that require intellectual engagement and those that are determined through ideological engagement.

 

 

Socio-Economic Rights (SERs) Monitoring Tool

An analysis of the various judicial and legislative measures and reporting mechanisms and tools used in South Africa to address and monitor SERs highlights their various limitations or shortcomings and points towards the need for a comprehensive monitoring tool which can be applied across all rights.

 

SADC Basic Income Grant (BIG) Campaign

The SADC BIG Campaign advocates for the introduction of a SADC wide universal social protection that can be funded from the proceeds of extractive industries mainly. SPII acts as the secretariat for the campaign and heads up the advocacy initiatives with other members of the steering committee.

Decent Standard of Living

Social protection allocations and wage bargaining is South Africa is based on survivalist levels rather than meeting people’s needs. Through participative community-based research and advocacy initiatives, SPII seeks to advance this discussion and see the adoption of a democratically defined decent standard of living.

Basic Needs Basket

The overall goal of this project is to generate information and analysis on what people living in poverty require for them to live a dignified, decent and healthy lifestyle and capacity building of select community-based organisation representatives.

Advocacy

This programme refers to the collective of initiatives by SPII to disseminate our work in order to achieve our objectives. It includes our general media work, our work at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and the use of our quarterly newsletter, SPII Talk.

Social Protection and Local Economic Development (LED) Graduation Pilot

Building on the successes of the graduation model by the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), the pilot programme sought to link the child support grant (CSG) and Local Economic Development (LED) by targeting small, micro and survivalist enterprises in the informal economy that have a recipient of the CSG within the household.