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.


Wednesday, 26 January 2022
UCT’s Haroon Bhorat appointed to Human Development Report advisory board

Inequality has emerged as one of the key challenges of our times. Since 2000, the average inequality within countries has been rising, pointing to the challenge to realise the Sustainable Development Goals’ principle of “leaving no-one behind” by 2030. This year, the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report (HDR) will provide a comprehensive picture of the many forms of inequality that are shaping the 21st century. One of the experts recently appointed to provide intellectual advice and guidance to the HDR Office is Prof. Haroon Bhorat, director of the Development Policy Research Unit and a member of the PII. 

Publication Date:
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 - 19:45
Mandela School’s first fulltime masters semester course

The practice of policymaking and implementation – that is the focus of The Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance’s first fulltime masters semester course which concluded recently. The Mandela School promotes the development of strategic public leadership, including a strong emphasis on public sector reform, accountability and trust in governance. The course brought together students from five different countries and disciplines. 

Publication Date:
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 - 19:30
Ethical reporting on children affected by violence

Given the high levels of violence against children which often make news headlines, colleagues from UCT’s Children’s Institute in partnership with Media Monitoring Africa hosted a workshop for members of the media on the ethics of reporting on children. The gathering, which took place shortly before the start of Child Protection Week, took a special focus on reporting on corporal punishment – an emotive topic which can be influenced by journalists’ personal, cultural or religious beliefs. Currently, a Constitutional Court ruling is pending on the unconstitutionality of the common law defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ which allows parents to hit their children as a form of discipline. 

Publication Date:
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 - 19:15
How poverty affects children's development and how policy can help

The PII’s April 2019 seminar was honoured to host two of the co-authors of an expansive international study on the consequences of childhood poverty. Young Lives, a longitudinal study by the University of Oxford, investigated the changing nature of childhood poverty in four developing countries over a 15-year period. UCT’s Emeritus Prof. Andy Dawes and Prof. Colin Treroux presented the findings from following two cohorts of a total of 12 000 children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. Their presentation was followed by a discussion on the relevance of the findings for South Africa, led by Emeritus Prof. Viviene Taylor from the National Planning Commission. The seminar presentation is available online.

Publication Date:
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 - 11:15