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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.

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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 […]

Op-Ed: Hunger in the Land of Enough

By ISOBEL FRYE Despite being a middle-income country, South Africa has a long and shameful history of those in power ignoring the needs and the interests of the majority. Colonial and subsequent Apartheid laws reduced black people in South Africa to merely being cheap labour to service the needs of these economies. Poverty, inequality and […]

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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Latest News

Defend our constitution, says Zuma

By Lebogang Seale – Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to “defend and celebrate” the country’s constitution, saying it is one of the best instruments of government in the world. Zuma said South Africans needed to change their negativity and adopt a more positive and optimistic attitude towards the country as it […]

Principal is not a racist, say ex-pupils

By Vuyo Mkhize – Johannesburg – Former pupils and supporters of a Joburg high school principal have come to her defence over alleged racism claims at the school. This was after some parents at Mondeor High School expressed outrage that racially charged remarks were allegedly made at the school’s assembly last week. According to The […]

Zuma, Lesotho leaders in talks after ‘coup’

By News 24 – Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma has reportedly summoned Lesotho’s political leaders for emergency talks following an apparent coup in the landlocked kingdom. NewsAfricaNow quoted spokesperson for South Africa’s department of international relations and co-operation (Dirco) Clayson Monyela as confirming that talks took place “throughout the night” and were set to  […]

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Latest Publications

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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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SADC Poverty alongside Mineral Wealth

This paper is part of a five-year project that the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)1 is working on that seeks to investigate the feasibility of a regional universal BIG as a vehicle for advancing socio-economic justice as part of its commitment to find innovative solutions to our region’s challenges. To date, SPII has already completed an initial […]

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SPII Talk Newsletter, 2nd Quarter, July 2014

Poverty, unemployment and growing inequality remain South Africa’s greatest challenges in undoing the legacy of Apartheid. The “triple challenge” has revealed itself increasingly in ongoing protest and strike action. This unrest is significant in that those without work and workers who bear the economic and social burden of the unemployed are taking to the streets. The situation has been described as a […]

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SPII Annual Report 2013

THE PAST YEAR HAS PROVED TO BE A VERY Significant one and history will no doubt favour us with an ability to gauge the watershed nature of 2013 in the coming years. However, even with the distance of a few months, there are many interesting markers. At SPII we have had an exciting year. Our […]

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 […]

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Decent Living Level Presentations 30 July 2014

Download Presentation by Isobel Frye Decent Living Level SPII Presentation Download Presentation by Neil Coleman NEDLAC JULY 2014Towards a National Minimum Wage and a DecentLL   Download Presentation by Michael Noble  Presentation for SPII DLL workshop by Michael Noble

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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 […]

SADC BIG NEWSLETTER ISSUE 3

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

Senior Researcher Vacancy

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute: Senior Researcher & Research Manager Opportunity closing date: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent, nonprofit think tank, committed to the eradication of poverty and inequality in South Africa and the sub-region. SPII seeks to appoint a Senior Researcher, based in […]

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