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Invitation to Right to Basic Education Launch

Realising the Right to Basic Education in South Africa: Dialogue and Launch of Report Date : 04 November 2015 Venue: Women’s Gaol, Constitution ...

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National Minimum Wage

Pleas find the link to a very current research on a National Minimum Wage for South Africa. SPII is part ...

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A young boy plays with his cart in the temporary housing settlement near Oudtshoorn. Transparent budgets raise confidence and provide an important measures to monitor service delivery. Picture: THE TIMES

SA’s budget still transparent, but devil is in lack of details

BY ALBERT VAN ZYL AND JAY KRUUSE -- THE newly released Open Budget index for 2015 is widely seen as the ...

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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.

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Let’s talk ‘BIG’ about poverty!

BusisoDespite 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

Minimum Wage Debate

“The National Minimum Wage clearly has advocates and nay-sayers.  What is interesting about the following article is that despite the positive content in the article about national minimum wages, the headline suggests otherwise.  Furthermore, the article does not comment anywhere on the issue of wage inequalities in South Africa, which is one of the legacies of Apartheid that the National Minimum Wage is seeking to address”. Read full article...

SPII Talk Newsletter

SPII Talk, April 2015Despite 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

Working Paper 11 – The Right to Food in South Africa

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 SPII Working Paper 11 – The Right to Food in South Africa – 2015 has been undertaken as part of the Socio Economic Rights Monitoring Tool project conducted by SPII with the support of Ford Foundation and in partnership with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). The objective of this project, through the combination of policy and budget analysis and statistical indicators, is to provide a comprehensive framework and set of tools to monitor and guide the progressive realisation of socio-economic rights. This includes investigating the manner in which policy making to expand access to socio-economic rights in fact aligns with Constitutional obligations and jurisprudential guidance handed down by the Constitutional Court. This analysis of policy is complemented by an assessment of the resources directed towards the fulfilment of rights and the evaluation of indicators designed to assess realisation of rights over time. The project aims to provide useful tools for policy makers, those that exercise oversight over the executive, including Parliament, the DPME and Chapter Nine institutions (notably the SAHRC), public interest litigants, and broader civil...