The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)
The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent not-for-profit research think tank which focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies.
SPII is an independent research think tank which focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies. Through facilitating collaborative partnerships with and between institutions of democracy academia and civil society organisations, the organisation will be able to develop innovative and promoting sustainable development. It will work to support the development of a tradition of effective public participation in policy making and implementation.
The Vision will be realised through:
- Bringing together policy makers, analysts and implementers from government, academia and civil society formations, as well as international role players / academics / researchers and activists;
- Sharing information about poverty and inequality research and policy processes in order to stimulate new areas of collaboration among stakeholders;
- Constantly identifying further areas of research and / or gaps in current knowledge and to commission such research which will contribute to public knowledge and innovation;
- Disseminating information and research produced by the Institute to assist in policy development processes and campaigns;
- Participating in building regional collaboration and disseminating innovative practices focused on fighting poverty and inequality in the Southern African region.
Let’s talk ‘BIG’ about poverty!
Despite being endowed with many natural resources, Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA), wherein 13 of the 14 SADC countries are located, ranks amongst the worst regions globally in terms of poverty and socio-economic inequalities. Evidently, for the region, the capitalist ‘trickle down’ effect of wealth to all citizens in the context of a neoliberal global political economy has proven to be a fallacy. As such, now more than ever, it has become imperative for African governments to prioritize social protection namely through the provision of a Basic Income Grant (BIG) for all residents furnished through universal Social Cash Transfers (SCTs).
A cursory look at SADC countries’ socio-economic circumstances clearly reveals the need for upping efforts towards social protection to ensure that the most vulnerable are safe from destitution. South Africa, despite being a middle-income country and regarded as relatively the economic mecca of Africa, is the one of the most unequal countries in the world. People with access to wealth experience the country as a developed modern economy, while the poorest still struggle to access even the most basic services.
Download full PDF Document – Busiso SADC BIG Blog – Issue 1 2015
Despite riches among southern African countries, there are growing social and economic inequalities between rich and poor.These growing inequalities, including income inequality,have made it difficult for many people to afford basic needs such as healthcare, education and adequate food. Challenges facing civil society organisations (CSOs) working in southern African countries is finding a consistent and reliable measure of the cost of living in the region.
Download full PDF Document – SPII-Newsletter-April-20151st-Quarter-Volume-20-1