Building up knowledge to break down Poverty

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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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.

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The Decent Standard of Living Project

The aim of this ongoing project is to derive an understanding of what constitutes a broadly acceptable standard of living that should be used to reflect a basic living level. Central to this ambitious target is an awareness of the necessity of moving away from the minimalist ‘poverty lines’ that have been used in the design and evaluation of anti-poverty programmes.

Budgeting for Change

Budgeting for Change consists of several initiatives aimed at making budget information more accessible, user-friendly and empowering. These include regular budgeting workshops in Soweto, working with partners to develop a budget information portal, and supporting the work of the Budget Justice Coalition as a founding member. Budget literacy and public participation are instrumental tools in improving service delivery and access to basic services.

Basic Income Grant

We support the provision of unconditional, regular cash payments to all South Africans to meet their immediate needs and lift them out of poverty. Our work here includes the production of research reports, advocacy campaigns and several other initiatives.