The Poverty and Inequality Initiative
The University of Cape Town’s Poverty and Inequality Initiative (PII) operated from 2013 to 2018. It had its origins in UCT’s long tradition of research, teaching and social responsiveness, linked to the goals of political, economic and social...
Report on the drivers of youth unemployment and interventions that can help
A REDI3x3 publication of a joint study of the Poverty & Inequality Initiative, the Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit and the Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg.
PII Seminars
PII Seminars
The Poverty and Inequality Initiative hosts a series of monthly seminars that engage with the key challenges and opportunities in addressing poverty and inequality in South Africa.
Youth Explorer
An interactive web tool providing a range of statistical information on young people in one easily accessible place.


Thursday, 27 January 2022
Inequality research centre at UCT sets sights on development goals

UCT’s potential contribution to evidence that will inform Africa’s progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals has received a substantial boost through SALDRU’s participation in the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research (ACEIR). This comes as ACEIR, which is hosted by SALDRU under the direction of Prof. Murray Leibbrandt, was invited to submit a multi-million rand funding proposal to support capacity building and partnerships as one of the 13 centres of excellence of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). The funding is made available through ARUA’s partnership with the Global Challenges Research Fund, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which will channel a total of £22.8 million (roughly R421 million) to the ARUA centres. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 - 12:30
Designing a multi-faceted package of support to young people

South Africa’s latest unemployment figures once again set off alarm bells over the well-being of the country’s youth. Not only is the overall youth unemployment rate of 39.6% a record high, but the figures also point to a particularly vulnerable group: the 15 to 24-year age group who is affected disproportionately with an unemployment rate of 55.2%. Young people of these ages in South Africa are negotiating the crucial transition from adolescence to young adulthood in the context of multiple challenges of deprivation. Of concern are the just over three million 15 to 24-year-olds who are not in any form of education, employment or training (NEET). With a growing body of research pointing to the harmful long-term effects of such disconnect on NEET youth, a SALDRU-led coalition project is in the process of designing an intervention programme that can give such young people support that is tailor-made to their individual circumstances. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 - 12:15
Inequality and social cohesion in South Africa

The importance of investing in and educating Africa’s large youth population as a critical component in unlocking untapped productivity and innovation was also foregrounded at a recent Duke University forum on “Inequalities and the erosion of social cohesion in post-apartheid South Africa”. The PII’s Prof. Murray Leibbrandt and former PII visiting professor Prof. Hiroyuki Hino – both visiting research scholars at the Duke University Centre for International and Global Studies – led the discussions with their presentations, followed by input from two Duke scholars who conduct research in Togo and Nigeria respectively.

Publication Date:
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 - 20:00
Top award to former PII member

Health economist Emeritus Prof. Di McIntyre, who served on the PII planning group until her retirement in 2018, has recently received the François Diop Award for her lifetime contributions to the advancement of health economics in Africa, and globally. She received this recognition at the 5th Africa Health Economics and Policy Association conference which was held in Accra, Ghana. Joining her in the celebrations was UCT’s Dr Leanne Brady, from the Division of Health Policy and Systems in the Faculty of Health Sciences, who received an award for an innovative and participatory approach that assists decolonising health policy and systems research.

Publication Date:
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 - 19:45