Poverty and inequality



The PSPPD Phase II is currently funding a range of research projects aimed at further understanding the complexities of Poverty and Inequality in South Africa. The reports from these projects will be available in the Repository as they are published. 

Expanding social mobility through education (Stellenbosch University, Research on Socio-Economic Policy (ReSEP), Department of Economics)

The overall objective is to contribute to knowledge to improve policymaking and implementation regarding the labour market and education and to provide tangible policy advice that would diminish factors retarding mobility and would strengthen education’s role as pathway out of poverty. This will advance social mobility, reduce poverty, create a more equitable society and add to human capita, thereby strengthening economic growth.

Food choices and body mass index (BMI) in adults and children: Evidence from the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) and empirical research from Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain in South Africa  (University of the Western Cape)

The aim of this research is to empirically explore and quantify food choices and Body Mass Index (BMI) in relation to people’s self-perceived health status and actual measurements using the 2013 NIDS data.

Climate change adaptation and poverty reduction co-benefits: human capabilities towards green micro-enterprise   (University of KwaZulu-Natal)    

The action is an applied research case study to evaluate climate change adaptation programmes within two provinces of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) municipalities, in South Africa, and their poverty reducing co-benefits.  This is to both improve local and national practice, and to influence wider debates at global scale. 

Analysis of 2014 firm survey data, from the greater Durban area, in order to contribute evidence to local, provincial and national policy for manufacturing firms to contribute to inclusive growth (University of KwaZulu-Natal)     

The overall objective is to provide a fresh evidence base for public and private collaboration around an action plan for enhancing the greater Durban manufacturing sector’s contribution inclusive economic growth in the eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province and South Africa as a whole.             

The impact of poverty and inequality in early childhood on long-term outcomes: Evidence from the Birth to Twenty study  (University of the Witwatersrand)  

The overarching goal of this action is to reduce disparities in childhood opportunities due to poverty and inequality by generating empirical evidence on the impact of ECD on South African children’s short and long term development outcomes, and engaging stakeholders in government and civil society in using such evidence.          

Theme 1: Poverty and inequality