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.

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Vacancy: Researcher on Socio-Economic Rights (SER) Monitoring Tool

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute: Researcher, Johannesburg. Apply by: 9am Monday  25 May 2015 Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is a non-profit research and advocacy think tank committed to advancing the Constitution and the eradication of poverty and inequality in South Africa and the sub-region. SPII seeks to appoint a Researcher for […]

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SPII TALK Newsletter, 1st Quarter, April 2015

Despite riches among southern African countries, there are growing social and economic inequalities between rich and poor.These growing inequalities, including income inequality,have made it difficult for many people to afford basic needs such as healthcare, education and adequate food. Challenges facing civil society organisations (CSOs) working in southern African countries is finding a consistent and […]

A Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating the Progressive Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa

It is for this reason that Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), has developed a Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Tool: integrating policy and budget analysis with statistical indicators to monitor and evaluate the progressive realization of SERs in South Africa. This paper begins by outlining […]

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Latest News

Malawi sex workers to get damages over forced HIV tests

Blantyre – A Malawi court has ruled that 11 prostitutes who were forced to take HIV tests by police six years ago will be awarded damages, a court official said on Thursday citing a judgment.The sex workers were rounded up in 2009 in the southern city of Mwanza, hauled to a government hospital for HIV […]

NUM wants 84% pay hike for gold workers

Johannesburg – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will push for an 84% rise in basic pay for entry-level gold mining workers, a near 10 percentage point increase on previous demands, according to documents obtained by Reuters on Thursday. They show that the NUM, which represents 57% of the workforce in the gold mining industry, […]

Public sector workers set to strike wage agreement

By SARAH EVANS — Unions are likely to accept the state’s latest public sector wage offer and bring to an end seven months of negotiations and the threat of a strike. The seven-month-long public sector wage negotiations could come to an end on Tuesday, should workers accept the state’s latest offer. The prevailing sense among the […]

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Latest Publications

A Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating the Progressive Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa

It is for this reason that Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), has developed a Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Tool: integrating policy and budget analysis with statistical indicators to monitor and evaluate the progressive realization of SERs in South Africa. This paper begins by outlining […]

Policy Brief 8 – Indicators for the Right to Food

This policy brief introduces our indicators for the right to food. These indicators, which have been developed in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, identify successes, failures, gaps and priority areas for action with the aim of guiding government in its obligations to fulfil the right to food, while providing uniquely accessible information for progressive […]

Report on initial exploratory focus group research into a decent living level

The National Development Plan (NDP) aims to eliminate all poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030 .[1] The poverty line used to benchmark poverty in the NDP is R418 per person per day in 2009 prices.  According to the NDP, 39% of people living in South Africa in 2009 fell below this line.  […]

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SPII TALK NEWSLETTER November 2014

On 16 October 2014 the world celebrated World Food Day, which has become a global campaign to raise awareness around food insecurity. This global call to end hunger will resonate strongly with many South Africans who continue to go to bed without food in their stomachs. Many experts have commented on why South Africa, as a middle-income country, cannot feed its own. What is more interesting is that South Africa, […]

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Monitoring the right of access to adequate housing in South Africa

By Hannah Dawson and Daniel McLaren – The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent research think tank that focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies. This working paper has been undertaken as part of the Monitoring the Progressive Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights […]

A Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating the Progressive Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa

By Hannah Dawson- The inclusion of socio-economic rights in South Africa’s Constitution envisioned the reconstruction of our society – not only healing the divisions of the past – but establishing a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.1 The unacceptable and unsustainable levels of poverty and unemployment, the lack of basic […]

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BASIC NEEDS BASKET

Against a background of high levels of existing poverty, the cost of living continues to increase as incomes, social services and opportunities have stagnated and even declined globally and in South Africa, creating a harsh situation where the majority of families cannot afford to lead decent lives, and food protests increase internationally.         […]

A Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating the Progressive Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa

It is for this reason that Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), has developed a Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Tool: integrating policy and budget analysis with statistical indicators to monitor and evaluate the progressive realization of SERs in South Africa. This paper begins by outlining […]

SADC BIG NEWSLETTER ISSUE 3

The latest issue of the SADC BIG Campaign Newsletter is out. Click here for more

Vacancy: Researcher on Socio-Economic Rights (SER) Monitoring Tool

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute: Researcher, Johannesburg. Apply by: 9am Monday  25 May 2015 Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is a non-profit research and advocacy think tank committed to advancing the Constitution and the eradication of poverty and inequality in South Africa and the sub-region. SPII seeks to appoint a Researcher for […]

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