Transforming Societies
through
just Social Policies

+ 0
MILLION people
living in poverty in
South Africa
0
MILLION Children, Pensioners & Disabled People receiving a monthly grant
(Q3 2022)
0 %
Unemployment Rate
(Q3 2022)
R 0
food Poverty Line
R 0
Lower Poverty line
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Upper Poverty line

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SPI is a frequent contributor to global analysis on poverty, unemployment, inequality and social security in South Africa. We host & take part in podcasts & interviews as well as frequently release articles and publications backing our research. 

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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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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

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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.

WORKING PAPER

A Basic Income Grant for a Better South Africa: The Evolution of Social Assistance in South Africa after 1994

Fiscal Multipliers

The Efficacy Of Fiscal Policy in South Africa

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This paper’s objective is to inform South African debates about the feasibility of introducing a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG)

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