POLICY BRIEF 1 – Towards a Decent Living Level

On 27 September 2013, Studies in Poverty and Inequality (SPII) and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) held the first consultative team meeting to discuss a National Minimum...

Briefing Note-January 2013 – Measures of Local Economic Development (LED)

The examples of the measurement of local economic development presently available are mostly located in a developed country context. The challenge arises in identifying...

Local Enterprises and Local Economic Development (LED) -Case Study Report on Local Enterprises in Evaton

In the absence of economic activities in the formal sector, unskilled, poor and marginalised South Africans rely on the informal economy and government cash transfers for survival. The...

Briefing Note – International Case Studies: Support programmes to small businesses

The development of many emerging economies is hindered by the so-called “missing middle”, the small, medium and micro enterprises that serve as important drivers...

The ‘graduation’ revolution: critical consideration for the South African context.

Central to recent development discourses in the Global South1 is the role of social protection systems in poverty alleviation. Social protection was critical to...

Dynamics between savings and credit for low-income households Literature review

Access to microfinance and microcredit for the poor has sparked critical debates over its ‘acclaimed’ successes and failures. Advocates of the microfinance agenda argue...

Policy Brief – January 2012 Author: A supply side intervention in support of local economic development (LED)

The role of local economic development (LED) represents policies to redress the economic marginalisation and dualism in the South African economy as a result...

SADC Basic Income Grant e-Newsletter

The latest issue of the SADC Basic Income Grant Newsletter is Out. There are new and exciting developments, news,  recommended readings and forthcoming events...

Policy Brief 7 – Community Monitoring Report

The Socio-Economic Rights (SER) monitoring tool developed by Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) provides a programmatic and long term approach to monitoring...

Monitoring the right of access to adequate housing in South Africa

The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent research think tank that focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in...

SPII Annual Report 2013

THE PAST YEAR HAS PROVED TO BE A VERY Significant one and history will no doubt favour us with an ability to gauge the...

Africa Tax and Inequality Report February 2014

By Christian Aid –  After a decade of high growth, a new narrative of optimism has taken hold about Africa and its economic prospects....