Monitoring the right of access to adequate housing in South Africa

The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent research think tank that focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in...

Working Paper No 9 – Report on initial exploratory focus group research into a decent living level

The National Development Plan (NDP) aims to eliminate all poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030 .[1] The poverty line used to...

Budget analysis

This review reflects the findings of SPII’s investigation into National and Provincial budget allocations over a 5 year period 2007/08 – 2011/12. Although the tax...

Social Security policy review

This policy review has been undertaken as part of a broader project conducted by the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII). The objectives...

Working Paper No 5: Being Poor – A STUDY OF THE BASIC NEEDS AND SOCIAL ASPECTS OF POVERTY AND DEPRIVATION IN VOSLOOORUS

In a nutshell, current policy literature and analysis is often marked by social distance and is consequently devoid of empathy. This research report of...

Working Paper No 4: Can Government Policies Said to be Pro-poor

The publication of the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute’s (SPII) Fourth Working Paper could not have come at a more opportune time than...

Social Grants and Crime in South Africa: A preliminary exploration

This report documents the outcomes of a short term project undertaken by Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute for the conflict and Governance Facility,...

The Measurement of Poverty in South Africa Project: Key issues

Poverty is a contested concept; and it is contested with good reason. Arguments over how poverty should be conceptualised, defined and measured go beyond semantics...

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