Research and Advocacy
Building up knowledge to break down poverty
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.