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.
French Economist Thomas Piketty in South Africa
French Economist spoke to the challenges of inequality and redistribution in South Africa in a talk titled 'Income, Wealth and Persistent Inequality.'


Tuesday, 21 August 2018
New Study holds Promises for Tracking Social Cohesion

The PII has been part of a significant study on social cohesion in South Africa which has shown it is possible to measure and track this important domain of the nation’s well-being by using existing national survey data. Researchers now hope that its value for inclusive growth policies will encourage ongoing tracking of social cohesion by using a dedicated Statistics South Africa survey for data collection. The study, which explored the relationship between social cohesion and inequality, was a collaboration with the Agence Française de Développement and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 11:00
Prof Hiroyuki Hino
The Link between Social Cohesion and Sustained Growth

Recent studies by the PII, the World Bank and others have reconfirmed that South Africa remains one of the most unequal countries in the world. These findings have underlined the urgency for effective policies to reduce the relentless poverty and inequality in the country. What is needed are strategies for inclusion that address the root causes of poverty, enhance opportunities for all – including through growth – and thus smoothen inequalities. Prof. Hiroyuki Hino, a Visiting Professor at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit until recently, believes the quest for such strategies requires deliberate attention to create social cohesion alongside out-of-the-box approaches to achieving economic growth.

Publication Date:
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 15:45
Poverty in South Africa Today: Dimensions, Distribution and Policy Dilemmas

Colin Bundy delivered this evening lecture on Monday 12th September 2016 with Andrew Donaldson as discussant.
His latest book, 'Poverty in South Africa, Past and Present' was on sale.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 13:00
Seminars with Prof. Karl-Ove Moene

PII Seminars with Prof. Karl-Ove Moene 29 August 2016

Publication Date:
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 14:30