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
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: -
CONFERENCE DECLARATION MICHAEL KOMAPE NORMS & STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE IMPLEMENTATION CONFERENCE We learners, parents, teachers, principals, government officials, members of social movements, civil society organisations, professional bodies and trade unions, ordinary citizens and community members have come together with one goal: to see the Minimum Uniform Norms and Standards for Public School Infrastructure (Norms […]
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 […]
By Ana Abelenda - FRIDAY FILE – AWID attended the recent Annual meeting the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), to find out what feminist economists are thinking and proposing on key economic justice issues, and remaining challenges for gender equality and women’s rights in the Post 2015 Development Agenda negotiations. Read full article here Share this via: […]
By Gilad Isaacs - Schussler’s article has three central thrusts. First, he argues that South Africa is not as unequal as popularly thought. Second, Schussler asserts that ‘the major cause of inequality is not the pay gap, but rather the low number of people earning wage income, that is unemployment is to blame. Third, he […]
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 […]