The Poverty and Inequality Initiative
The University of Cape Town’s Poverty and Inequality Initiative (PII) has its origins in UCT’s long tradition of research, teaching and social responsiveness, linked to the goals of political, economic and social transformation in South Africa.
Report on multidimensional youth poverty
A joint report with Southern Africa Labour & Development Research Unit and Stats SA showing the highly unequal spatial patterns of multidimensional youth poverty.
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.
WC Youth Explorer Screenshot
Western Cape Youth Explorer
An interactive web tool providing a range of information on young people, in one easily accessible place.
Guests at book launch
Equal Society Book Launch
PII and UCTPress host book launch of 'The Equal Society' paperback version August 2016


Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Designing Your Future Booklet

In keeping with the mission of the university, aimed at increasing the institution’s collective contribution to tackling major development challenges facing South Africa, and as one way encouraging students to broaden their study objectives, in February 2015 the PII has piloted a booklet profiling selected postgraduate courses and programmes that explicitly address development issues. This aims to encourage students to consider ways of addressing development challenges by providing information on offerings at UCT at their fingertips. The first version of the “Designing Your Future” booklet is available on the PII website, and we welcome any suggestions for courses and programmes that could be added. 

Publication Date:
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 12:30
Preparing Professionals to Practice in Contexts of Poverty and Inequality

The Poverty and Inequality Initiative’s Curriculum Seminars aim to facilitate meaningful discussion and debate on how departments and programmes at UCT engage with matters relating to poverty and inequality in South Africa through their curricula. In 2014, the seminars reflected on blind-spots within our undergraduate curricula, and in 2015 the PII is taking this further by focusing on ways which we are preparing the next generation of professionals.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:30