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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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A Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating the Progressive Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa

It is for this reason that Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), has developed a Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Tool: integrating policy and budget analysis with statistical indicators to monitor and evaluate the progressive realization of SERs in South Africa. This paper begins by outlining […]

‘Banish poorest of the poor expression for rural residents’

By Winnie Theletsane JOHANNESBURG – The ‘poorest of the poor’ term which is often used by government when describing the poverty line in South Africa, should no longer only refer to people living in rural areas, says Busiso Moyo from the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII). During an interview with Radio 702’s Redi […]

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 […]

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Latest News

SA mercenaries are ‘giving Boko Haram a hiding’

By David Smith — The vexed leftovers of the apartheid military are reportedly turning the tide in Nigeria. Leon Lotz was once a member of Koevoet – “crowbar” in Afrikaans – a paramilitary police unit created by South Africa’s apartheid regime to root out guerrillas in what is now Namibia. Thirty years later, something persuaded him […]

Clean sweep of the poor is not constitutional

By Dennis Webster — In its bid to rid the city’s intersections of beggars and traders, Jo’burg is criminalising the poor. Since early February, the City of Johannesburg has been clearing intersections in the city of beggars, window washers, street traders and pamphleteers. The project, called Operation Ke Molao (It’s The Law), follows the rationale that […]

Cosatu boss accused of inciting violence

By Theto Mahlakoana and Shanti Aboobaker Johannesburg – The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has accused Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini of inciting violence amid high tension in the labour movement. The union said it was shocked by Dlamini’s comments last week when he said: “Call it a ‘United Front’ – I call it […]

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Latest Publications

A Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating the Progressive Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa

It is for this reason that Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), has developed a Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Tool: integrating policy and budget analysis with statistical indicators to monitor and evaluate the progressive realization of SERs in South Africa. This paper begins by outlining […]

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 […]

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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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.         […]

A Framework for Monitoring and Evaluating the Progressive Realisation of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa

It is for this reason that Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), has developed a Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Tool: integrating policy and budget analysis with statistical indicators to monitor and evaluate the progressive realization of SERs in South Africa. This paper begins by outlining […]

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