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.

Latest from SPII

Press Statement 4 March 2015

GOVERNMENT URGED NOT TO RUSH THROUGH FOOD SECURITY POLICY South Africa has about 13.8 million individuals that regularly experience inadequate access to food, according to government’s own figures. But the rush to implement a new National Policy on Food and Nutrition Security for South Africa – which aims to provide for the right of all […]

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 […]

Declaration of the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign and Alliance

At a historic Food Sovereignty Assembly, from 28th February till 1st March 2015, over 50 organisations representing the hungry, the landless and the exploited of our country – involved in agrarian, water and land transformation, environmental justice, small scale farming, cooperatives, the solidarity economy movement, waste pickers, the unemployed and activists campaigning against increasing food […]

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Latest News

NSFAS protests: ‘The only solution is free education’

By Bongani Nkosi — Protesting students say that NSFAS has reached its sell-by date and the only option now is free education and cancelling student debt. The government’s struggling National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has “reached its sell by date”, and the only solution for poor students was a cost-free university education. This is the […]

Budget perpetuates the problems

By Chris Hart and Lesiba Mothata The 2015 Budget is well- intentioned but the likelihood of its achieving the desired result is doubtful. The government’s finances are clearly under pressure. Fiscal flexibility has been declining over the past six years. But this decline in fiscal flexibility has been self-induced. Read full article here  Share this […]

How labour broking almost broke the post office

By Sarah Evans — A new critique of casualisation at the parastatal – and its demise – could have wider lessons for reducing economic inequality in South Africa. A new working paper on the end of labour broking at the post office is a cogent critique of the labour broking system and its role in the […]

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Latest Publications

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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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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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.         […]

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 […]

SADC BIG NEWSLETTER ISSUE 3

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

Job Advert: Advocacy Officer

Purpose of the Position: The position provides support for the advocacy and campaigns work of SPII in South and Southern Africa. He/she is responsible for the development alongside the project leaders and the implementation of advocacy and campaigns strategies that will influence government and other institutional policies and implementation, as well as mobilisation of civil […]

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