Welcome to 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.

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Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Tool

An analysis of the various judicial and legislative measures and reporting mechanisms and tools used in South Africa to address and monitor SERs highlights their various limitations or shortcomings and points towards the need for a comprehensive monitoring tool which can be applied across all rights.

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SADC Basic Income Grant (BIG) Campaign

The SADC BIG Campaign advocates for the introduction of a SADC wide universal social protection that can be funded from the proceeds of extractive industries mainly. SPII acts as the secretariat for the campaign and heads up the advocacy initiatives with other members of the steering committee.

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Decent Standard of Living

Social protection allocations and wage bargaining is South Africa is based on survivalist levels rather than meeting people’s needs. Through participative community-based research and advocacy initiatives, SPII seeks to advance this discussion and see the adoption of a democratically defined decent standard of living.

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Basic Needs Basket

The overall goal of this project is to generate information and analysis on what people living in poverty require for them to live a dignified, decent and healthy lifestyle and capacity building of select community-based organisation representatives.

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Advocacy

This programme refers to the collective of initiatives by SPII to disseminate our work in order to achieve our objectives. It includes our general media work, our work at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and the use of our quarterly newsletter, SPII Talk.

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Social Protection and Local Economic Development (LED) Graduation Pilot

Building on the successes of the graduation model by the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), the pilot programme sought to link the child support grant (CSG) and Local Economic Development (LED) by targeting small, micro and survivalist enterprises in the informal economy that have a recipient of the CSG within the household.

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Latest from SPII

News and Statements

The Witness – Mandela Day

THIS Mandela Day, the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) and ShakeXperience are urging businesses and individuals to fund school trips for underprivileged pupils to experience the final run of Standard Bank Young Artist Neil Coppen’s Animal Farm. The initiative aims to improve pupils’ understanding of the English set work. The organisations, which both aim to advance issues of development in South Africa, joined forces earlier this year to find creative solutions in the battle against inequality in the... read more

Publications

SPII Talk Newsletter: 10 YEARS OF SPII: A Decade of Change

SPII Talk Newsletter: 10 YEARS OF SPII: A Decade of Change As the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) marks the first ten years of its existence, we celebrate a decade of research, advocacy, policy influence, and building a network with policy-makers, funders, and more recently, grassroots-level connections. Ten years on, SPII has become a research think-tank with breadth in its scope, footprint, and stakeholders. The fruits of SPII’s projects today have roots in a long-term strong vision of social justice. We celebrate 10 Years of SPII with this special edition. Download... read more

Calender

Civil Society National Minimum Wage Workshop with Dr Stephanie Luce

  Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) and Co-Operative for Research and Education (CORE) are proud to announce that we are hosting a civil society workshop on “Mobilising Communities to Realise a National Minimum Wage” with acclaimed activist and scholar Dr Stephanie Luce, who played a key role in the successful advocacy of a minimum wage in New York State, US. The event takes place next Wednesday (27 July 2016) at The Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Senate House, University of Witwatersrand. We would like to invite you to attend the event as a valued partner. Please find the official invitation and RSVP form attached. Deadline for RSVP is Friday, 22 July. Feel free to circulate to interested parties. Download Invitation Download RSVP Form... read more

About 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, entering its first 10 years of existence.

The main objectives of SPII’s founding trustees was to create a safe space within which policy analysts and activist in civil society, researchers, intellectuals and government policy-makers could come together to interrogate the development and implementation of effective evidence-based anti-poverty policies necessary to address the growing level of economic, social and political exclusion and inequalities in South Africa, as well as the Southern Africa region more broadly.

SPII is not just another research and policy institute, it puts emphasis on both content (knowledge) and process (inclusive participation). In addition, SPII’s approach relies on identifying and exploring not only areas of agreement between policy actors, but also areas of dissent. Unspoken assumptions and ideological values will ultimately affect the development of appropriate policies. SPII’s methodology acknowledges this and as a result, SPII provides space for policy actors to challenge their own position and those of their peers and to distinguish between occasion that require intellectual engagement and those that are determined through ideological engagement.

 

 

Socio-Economic Rights (SERs) Monitoring Tool

An analysis of the various judicial and legislative measures and reporting mechanisms and tools used in South Africa to address and monitor SERs highlights their various limitations or shortcomings and points towards the need for a comprehensive monitoring tool which can be applied across all rights.

 

SADC Basic Income Grant (BIG) Campaign

The SADC BIG Campaign advocates for the introduction of a SADC wide universal social protection that can be funded from the proceeds of extractive industries mainly. SPII acts as the secretariat for the campaign and heads up the advocacy initiatives with other members of the steering committee.

Decent Standard of Living

Social protection allocations and wage bargaining is South Africa is based on survivalist levels rather than meeting people’s needs. Through participative community-based research and advocacy initiatives, SPII seeks to advance this discussion and see the adoption of a democratically defined decent standard of living.

Basic Needs Basket

The overall goal of this project is to generate information and analysis on what people living in poverty require for them to live a dignified, decent and healthy lifestyle and capacity building of select community-based organisation representatives.

Advocacy

This programme refers to the collective of initiatives by SPII to disseminate our work in order to achieve our objectives. It includes our general media work, our work at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and the use of our quarterly newsletter, SPII Talk.

Social Protection and Local Economic Development (LED) Graduation Pilot

Building on the successes of the graduation model by the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), the pilot programme sought to link the child support grant (CSG) and Local Economic Development (LED) by targeting small, micro and survivalist enterprises in the informal economy that have a recipient of the CSG within the household.