SADC Poverty alongside Mineral Wealth
This paper is part of a five-year project that the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)1 is working on that seeks to investigate the feasibility of a regional universal BIG as a vehicle for advancing socio-economic justice as part of its commitment to find innovative solutions to our region’s challenges. To date, SPII has already completed an initial scoping of the subregion in terms of the types of resources that exist, the existence of current social protection policies, international universal cash transfer schemes and the existence of sovereign wealth funds that are used to contribute to social policies. This analysis suggested that there exists the need to enhance social protection systems with local, rather than development donor, financing and indeed that there are sufficient revenues raised, but often lost to governments, to sustain
a universal cash grant.
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