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.'


Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Potential of the Health System to address Poverty and Inequality

As poverty and inequality are closely interrelated with health and the health system, there is much potential for the health system to help address structural poverty and persistent inequalities, especially in the way in which the health system is financed and the level of public spending on health services. Prof. Di McIntyre, who was based until her retirement end of 2017 at the UCT’s Health Economics Research Unit, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, and her colleague, A/Prof. John Ataguba, point out that the country’s health care financing mechanisms are not realising their redistributive potential. Prof. McIntyre, who was one of the PII’s key contributors to the Mandela Initiative process, addressed these dynamics in relation to universal health care as embodied by the new National Health Insurance policy in her valedictory lecture.

Publication Date:
Mon, 06 Aug 2018 - 16:15
The Effects of Top Incomes on Inequality in South Africa

The Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), School of Economics, recently hosted a seminar on the effects of top incomes on inequality in South Africa. The seminar was led by PhD candidate Janina Hundenborn, who presented the results of a novel technique to identify the optimal method of combining tax administration with household survey data from the National Income Dynamics Study.

Publication Date:
Fri, 03 Aug 2018 - 16:15
Understanding Inequality and Social Mobility in South Africa

South Africa’s income inequality is one of the highest in the world, and the wealth inequality even higher. This is an area of research in which the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU), School of Economics, has excelled for more than a decade. A recent symposium examined SALDRU’s findings on social mobility and inequality with presentations focusing on the multidimensionality of inequality in South Africa, the impact of inequality on the country’s youth, and the dynamics of the top end of the income distribution.

Publication Date:
Fri, 03 Aug 2018 - 15:45
Leading Thinkers Speak at International Inequality Conference

Inequality, (under)employment and the labour market, with a particular focus on youth, were the theme of an international conference hosted by UCT’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance recently in collaboration with the Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics. Leading thinkers such as Prof. Ernest Aryeetey (African Research Universities Alliance); Hilma Mote (African Labour Research and Education Institute, University of Johannesburg); Prof. Carlos Lopes (Mandela School, UCT); Prof. Ruth Hall (Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape); and former Finance Minister, Hon. Prof. Trevor Manuel, discussed possible solutions to address inequality in Africa. 

Publication Date:
Fri, 03 Aug 2018 - 12:45