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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.
Latest from SPII
The Southern African Development Community member states are characterized by high levels of poverty and some of the highest levels of inequality globally, albeit endowed with high levels of mineral resources. It is against this background that the SADC BIG Coalition is calling for the introduction of a SADC – wide universal cash transfer in […]
S’Bu Zikode The word ‘democracy’ has often been misunderstood. It has been misused to legitimise certain projects in a way that is incorrect and misleading. For many shack dwellers and other poor people in South Africa, democracy has meant free corruption for members of the ruling party, a life mired in the mud and fire […]
By SAPA More than eight million pupils are exempted from paying school fees in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday. “It is our strong view that poverty must not prevent South African children from gaining an education,” Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery at the national teaching awards gala dinner in […]
By SAPA Bankserv Africa’s Disposable Salary Index (BDSI) released on Friday indicated that the increase in disposable income would again be slower than inflation this year. Although South African consumers had some financial relief over December as their take-home pay was higher… indications are that the increase in disposable income will once again be slower […]
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 […]