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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.
SPII in the Media
As an industry expert in poverty and inequality research, SPII is called upon to give interviews, press statements and op-eds. Take a look at our most recent media appearances here.
SABC News: Extreme poverty is on the rise
For the first time in two decades, extreme poverty is on the rise. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres made the remarks, marking the...
Global Basic Income Grant (BIG) Pilots Since 2000
This research paper builds on SPII’s 2021 research report reviewing social transfer programmes within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and global social protection...
Press Release: Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute launches critical research on Global universal Basic Income Guarantee Pilots and their lessons for South Africa 20 October 2021.
Press Release For immediate release Tuesday 19 October 2021 Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute launches critical research on Global universal Basic Income Guarantee...
Research & Advocacy
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.