The Poverty & Inequality Initiative newsletter has focused on themes related to poverty and inequality with the aim of profiling UCT research and projects involved in these areas, especially those intended to help grow the empirical evidence base for policymaking.
This issue of the Poverty & Inequality Initiative newsletter is packed with news from university partners and their associates, illustrating the vibrancy and range of current collaborations on poverty and inequality-related research and stakeholder engagement.
Some of the highlights are:
- A new coalition project led by UCT’s Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) to investigate the viability of a “Youth Guarantee” for South Africa;
- The PII's February seminar, held jointly with SALDRU and in partnership with UCT’s Children’s Institute to reflected on the latest findings and value of the South African Child Gauge;
- Calls for expressions of interest in UCT’s 2019 Engaged Scholarship Programme;
- A call for papers from the African Research Universities Alliance, in partnership with the University of Nairobi, for an international conference and workshops on the theme “Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Defining a Role for Research Universities”;
- The first lecture in a series of four as part of the Human Sciences Research Council’s 50/90 Anniversary Commemoration to be held in partnership with the PII in March;
- A series of seminars and discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals to be curated and hosted by the African Centre for Cities.
We also share news on the new director designate announced for The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance.
This issue continued the focus on contributions from the PII community to research that can benefit policy, practice and implementation. In particular:
- The four panel members from the University of Cape Town who served on the Motlanthe High-level Panel, who shared insights on being part of this important review of the impact of post-1994 legislation on the country’s transformation;
- The findings of the Mandela Initiative, and what these could mean for the University’s social responsiveness agenda;
- A short course aimed at assisting government and NGO support staff to implement the National Adolescent & Youth Health Policy, which is offered by the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in UCT’s Health Sciences Faculty.
Other news include: Recent interdisciplinary workshops which contribute to the debates on curriculum transformation in light of a proposed new MPhil specialising in theories of justice and inequality; a new book by UCT authors who explore at multiple levels how politics and institutions have influenced South Africa’s educational outcomes; a regional conference on inequalities in southern Africa, the 2030 Agenda and the operationalisation of inequality reducing policies which was hosted at UCT last week; the launch of the thirteenth issue of the South African Child Gauge which focuses on children in relation to families and the state.
This issue took a special focus on empirical contributions by PII associates to policy development, reform and implementation. These include:
- several PII partner units’ partnerships with a government programme to support pro-poor policy development;
- the findings of the Mandela Initiative, a national multi-sector platform to investigate and develop strategies to overcome poverty and inequality, which was hosted by the PII for five years;
- the Children’s Institute, whose business has been to get child-focused research into policy and practice for nearly two decades;
- research contributions by the African Centre for Cities towards policy on the informal economy; and
- a study on translating health research into policy which has helped inform a Western Cape Health Department project in collaboration with the School of Public Health and Family Medicine.
We also paid homage to the legacies of the late Dean of the Health Sciences Faculty, Prof. Bongani Mayosi, in contributing to a better understanding of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, which are known to affect especially children and youth living in conditions of poverty. And, our 'in the spotlight' feature focused on the UCT Knowledge Co-op for its contributions to engaged scholarship targeted to student research.
Read the August/September 2018 newsletter
The theme for this issue was inequality, and we reported on some of the excellent work done in this sphere by our PII affiliates at UCT, in particular:
- Involvement in the high-level international processes of the SDGs, and climate change, respectively;
- The regional establishment of the African Centre for Inequality Research;
- National policy processes for universal health care, and low carbon emissions; and
- Several knowledge exchanges on inequality, including the labour market, employment and youth; and on income and wealth inequality.
For Youth Month 2018, we focused on insights from two PII projects developed in the past years:
- A Youth Multidimensional Poverty Index, and
- The Youth Explorer – an online, interactive platform where youth-centred data on several domains of youth well-being can be explored from the national to municipal and ward level.
- These two tools informed a new policy brief on the status of youth well-being in South Africa, and which can be downloaded from the newsletter.
This issue discussed the work of PII associates under the theme of social cohesion:
- A new and significant study on the relationship between social cohesion and inequality in South Africa.
- The implications of higher education funding choices for social cohesion.
- Social cohesion as an enabler for sustained growth.
- The role of social cohesion in the success of land reform agricultural projects.
In #YouthMonth2016 it was only appropriate to have a similar focus in our newsletter.
Read about Dr. Ariane De Lannoy's work for the PII's youth theme, in particular these projects or events:
- Indicators to Monitor Youth Well-being
- 2015 Youth-focused South Africa Child Gauge
- Yazi - PII's Youth Information Portal
- Systematic Overview of Youth Unemployment
- Ongoing Youth Policy Dialogues
- Lunch Seminar with Bertha Centre, 14 June 2016