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.

BIG

Examples of our latest work in the national push to ensure a basic income grant for all, featuring reports, media appearances and webinars.

Launch of the SADC and Namibia BIG Reports

The following two research reports form part of a research project that SPII have undertaken over the past two years with funding support from...

Universal Basic Income in South Africa: Perspectives from Private Sector and Civil Society

Universal Basic Income in South Africa: Perspectives from Private Sector and Civil Society

The global pandemic has exposed an underlying gap which exists in South Africa and has stressed the need for a basic income grant due...

ACT Ubumbano Learning Hub #5

ACT Ubumbano Learning Hub #5

Community voice, human dignity, and the demand for a Basic Income Grant. Monday, 14 September 2020, ACT Ubumbano hosted a webinar to reflect on...

Calls for Government to Make Relief Measures Permanent

Calls for Government to Make Relief Measures Permanent

Basic Income Grant could be a massive game changer which transforms South Africa’s social security system and could be a key contributor to lifting...

Chris Hani Institute – Political Economy Series: Universal Basic Income Guarantee

Chris Hani Institute – Political Economy Series: Universal Basic Income Guarantee

The global pandemic sparks interest around the concept of a universal basic income grant in SA and calls for implementations to be intensified following...

Social Protection Responses in SADC: A Review of Current and Future Cash Transfer Programmes

Social Protection Responses in SADC: A Review of Current and Future Cash Transfer Programmes

SPII alongside with the Southern Africa Trust and OSISA co-hosted a roundtable webinar that considers social cash transfers as a critical policy tool that...

Universal Basic Income In South Africa – Podcast

Universal Basic Income In South Africa – Podcast

Informal Economy Podcast: Social Protection · #17 Universal Basic Income In South Africa

Universal Basic Income: Global Experience and Policy Options for South Africa – ANC and Guy Standing

Universal Basic Income: Global Experience and Policy Options for South Africa – ANC and Guy Standing

Universal Basic Income: Global Experience and Policy Options for South Africa. Source: MyANC - YouTube

Basic Income Support: A Case for South Africa

Basic Income Support: A Case for South Africa

Why A Basic Income Support? Basic income support can eliminate poverty with dignity and security for all Contributes to equity and social cohesion –...

Media Statement: People United in National Day of Working Class Action

On Saturday, 1st August 2020 #PayTheGrants campaign participated in the working class Day of Action in South Africa to protest the state’s dismal response...

What is the Big Idea? Managing the Expectations of the Basic Income Grant

What is the Big Idea? Managing the Expectations of the Basic Income Grant

Sacha Knox, Senior Researcher & Budget Analyst at The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute on SAfm talking basic income grant and matters incidental...

Think Big – Basic Income Grant Needs to Be About More Than Just Food, Say Researchers

Think Big – Basic Income Grant Needs to Be About More Than Just Food, Say Researchers

The idea of a basic income grant is a response to the failure of government to create jobs, says an expert. Social Development Minister...

How Covid-19 Created a Humanitarian Crisis in SA – Podcast

How Covid-19 Created a Humanitarian Crisis in SA – Podcast

Listen to the podcast here. Covid-19 has affected economies the world over, costing people jobs and compelling businesses to shut down. In South Africa,...

BIG Announcement

BIG Announcement

Isobel Frye shared panel with Dr Mamphela Ramphele and Sakina Kamwendo to discuss the introduction of the universal basic income grant. Source: SABC News -...

Basic Income Grant Implementation on the Table for South Africa

Basic Income Grant Implementation on the Table for South Africa

With the country's unemployment rate soaring since the start of the lockdown and a million jobs being lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the...

South Africa is Considering Implementing a Universal Basic Income Grant

South Africa is Considering Implementing a Universal Basic Income Grant

Isobel Frye speaking on how South Africa is considering the implementation of the Basic Income Grant (BIG). This grant is aimed at providing social...