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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by Maeve Johnson Constitutional Court Judge and guest speaker of the University of the Western Cape’ Community Law Centre, Albie Sachs presented in the true tradition of African Storytelling. Download full PDF Document SPII – 9th Dullah Omar Memorial Lecture copy Share this via: -
SPII decided to keep it local and picked up litter along Bree Street and around Mary Fitzgerald Square for Mandela Day. In less than 30min we had each filled a full bag and had to begin a second round. We hope that this small initiative will encourage all of us to take responsibility and […]
The latest SADC Basic Income Grant Campaign Newsletter June Issue is out. Click here for more. Share this via: -
BY SAPA - Julius Malema told MPs in the National Assembly on Wednesday that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will rule the country and emphasised that other political parties had grossly underestimated the EFF and the support it enjoyed among South Africans. Read full article here Share this via: -
By Andisiwe Makinana - Yesterday, Zuma delivered the presidency budget vote for the 2014/15 financial year. Service delivery will be the priority of the government’s programme over the next year. Zuma emphasised that it is not only the speed with which services are delivered but the manner in which public servants deliver the services. Zuma said the […]
by Angela Adeboye - As we reflect on ten years of pension reform in Nigeria, we celebrate the achievements of over five million contributors and four trillion naira in contributions. However, one is reminded of social changes that have occurred over the past years, amidst an almost absent social safety net, and thus resulted in […]
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 […]
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: 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The progressive realisation of social and economic rights is central to the transformation of our society. The persistence of systemic poverty and inequality in South Africa has shown that unless the realisation of socio-economic rights (SERs) promised in the Constitution is monitored and tracked over time, their inclusion on paper might not be felt in […]