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It is widely known that South Africa has one of the world’s highest inequality rates, which has contributed to widespread food insecurity and persistent poverty. The Basic Needs Basket Project grew out of a need to contextualise how poverty, an unstable economy,...read more
SPII supports the peaceful protestors who are demonstrating their anger and frustration at the state of our economy and the crisis of governance that is impacting upon all South African’s hope for a better life. The fulfilment of socio-economic rights remains central...read more
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.
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.