Transforming Societies
Through Just
Social Policies

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MILLION people living in poverty in SA
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MILLION people receiving a social grant in SA
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MILLION applicants Not receiving their R350 sRD Grant
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Unemployment Rate (Q3 2022)

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SPI is a frequent contributor to global analysis on poverty, unemployment, inequality and social security in South Africa. We also have our own Podcasts which we use to explore in greater depth may of the pivotal points in our analysis with a range of interesting guests.

Basic Income Grant Initiative

Since our inception, SPI has raised the call for a universal basic income grant. Indexed to the Upper Bound Poverty Line, our research demonstrates how this one policy will be able to stabilise society, meet basic needs, create just under 5 million decent jobs and grow the economy between 5,2% p.a. in just three years. 

BIG Research
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BIG Media
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BIG Testimonials
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International Work

Human Rights are universal. In 2022 SPI received Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. We have made submissions to the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights. We have research partner projects across the Global South. SPI is a member of Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). We are establishing a new project to track international post-Covid social security and labour market policy innovation and learnings.

Social Security

A History of Social Security in SA and the Case for a BIG

A review of Social Security Policy in SA and a comparison of recent research papers on universal basic income in SA from 2020 to 2022.

Basic Income Grant

Global Basic
Income Grant
(BIG) Pilots since
2000:
An Annotated
Summary of Lessons
for South Africa

Fiscal Multipliers

Fiscal Multipliers and the financing of a Basic Income Guarantee

Fiscal Multipliers and
the financing of a Basic
Income Guarantee

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