Being Poor Matters!
PSPPD conference on poverty and inequality in South Africa
This dissemination conference was held from 24-25 August 2011 at Kievitskroon Country Estate in Pretoria. The conference showcased the findings of the 13 PSPPD-funded research projects and provided a platform for policy-makers, academia and development practitioners to engage with one another so as to better understand and interrogate the dynamics of poverty and inequality in South Africa.
Some of the presentations can be seen in the videos below:
- Welcome: Alan Hirsch
- EU input: Ambassador Van der Geer
- Overview of poverty: Kuben Naidoo
- PSPPD input: Mastoera Sadan
- Overview of the range of work on poverty and inequality: Prof Murray Leibbrandt, SALDRU, UCT
- Save our schools: The causes of underperforming and dysfunctional outcomes at secondary schools: Amiena Bhayat, UCT, Institute for Social Development
- Low quality education as a poverty trap: Martin Gustafsson, University of Stellenbosch: Department of Economics
- The challenges that young South Africans face in accessing jobs: Dr Neil Rankin, WITS University: African Micro-Economic Research Umbrella (AMERU)
- The structural challenges and economic opportunities for informal self-employment as a livelihoods strategy: David Neves, UWC: PLAAS
- “Income Generating Projects” as a development intervention of government: Dr John Mudau, University of Venda: Centre for Rural Development
- The National Child Poverty Monitor: Katherine Hall, University of Cape Town: Children’s Institute
- Why are child health and education outcomes so poor in SA?: Prof Julian May, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal: School of Development Studies
- A multidimensional barometer of social cohesion for South Africa: Benjamin Roberts, HSRC
- Governing migration and urbanisation to counter poverty and social fragmentation: Dr Aurelia Segatti-Wakabwe, WITS University: African Centre for Migration and Society
- South Africa’s Disability Grant – is it contributing towards effective and sustainable ARV treatment in resource-poor settings? Prof Frikkie Booysen, University of Free State: Department of Economics
- Agricultural bio-diversity for better nutrition, health and production systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: a Case Study: Prof Annamarie Kruger, North-West University: African Unit for Trans-disciplinary Health
This video looks at the objectives and activities of Phase I of the PSPPD, with input from partners.
This video looks at the objectives and activities of Phase II of the PSPPD, with input from partners.
This video, produced by the National Planning Commission (NPC), tells the story of Thandi, a fictional 18-year-old female. Thandi's chances in life growing up as a woman in South Africa illustrate why the National Planning Commission is needed.
In this video Alain de Janvry, University of California, Berkeley, discusses the last 30 years and the next 30 of development from the perspective of microeconomics. Despite rapid economic growth, poverty still remains high in many parts of the world. Microeconomics brings in reason to include behavior in policy analysis – in order to design effective policies we need to understand why people do what they do.