SADC BIG Newsletter Issue 1 2017
Apr12

SADC BIG Newsletter Issue 1 2017

Vuyokazi Futshane – SADC BIG & BNB Interim Project Leader Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute   Coordinators Reflection: The realisation of Universal Basic IncomeThe year 2016 marked huge milestones in the global movement for basic income, from Switzerland’s referendum to the announcement by GiveDirectly to launch the biggest and longest basic income pilot in history. The idea of basic income no longer solely...

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Social protection: A driver for social mobility – SADC BIG Fact Sheet
Apr12

Social protection: A driver for social mobility – SADC BIG Fact Sheet

THE SADC CODE ON SOCIAL SECURITY     Signed on the 1st of January 2008, The SADC Code on Social Security was developed from the principals of the Charter of Fundamental Social Rights in SADC, and the strategic direction outlined in the Regional Indicative Strategy Development Plan (RISDP).1 SADC Protocols and instruments are legally binding and member states are obligated to commit to the codes, procedures and objectives...

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A recent example of how illicit financial flows are extracting illegitimately wealth from Africa – Rio Tinto suspends senior executive after Guinea investigation

Rio Tinto (RIO.AX) (RIO.L), the world’s second-largest miner, has suspended one senior executive, accepted the resignation of a second and alerted U.S. and UK authorities after discovering $10.5 million in unexplained payments to a consultant in Guinea. Rio said on Wednesday it had launched an investigation after becoming aware on Aug. 29 about emails from 2011 that referred to contractual payments to an unidentified consultant...

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Africa’s opportunity to finance social protection: The role of revenues from extractive industries

The wealth generated by the natural resources of a country should be translated in the wealth of all parts of the population of a country, but the link is far from automatic, as the past has shown. The challenge of Governments is to strike a balance between macroeconomic considerations and development goals, economic (higher productive investment, diversification strategies to reduce vulnerability) and social goals (to improve income...

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Mineral wealth and limited redistribution: social transfers and taxation in Botswana

There are palpable cracks in the Botswana economic growth success story, most apparent in the evidence of persistent and extreme inequality. This article offers new insights into the Botswana puzzle by focusing on redistributive policies – taxation and transfers – as potential mechanisms to tackle poverty and inequality. Read...

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