It is widely accepted that South Africa’s persistently high levels of inequality are not only a humanitarian crisis, they are also unsustainable and curb the country’s growth potential. Yet, despite extensive research coupled with well-targeted government policies, efforts to reverse inequality over the past decades have failed to deliver meaningful progress.
Researchers and policymakers increasingly have to re-think their approaches to this intractable problem, taking into account the multidimensional nature of inequality and the importance of collaboration in addressing these.
To this end, on February, 11th 2020, stakeholders from across South Africa, and from all sectors gathered in Philippi, Cape Town, to begin the process of forging a new agenda for action. Among the participants, there were Statistics South Africa; the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town; the EU-AFD Research Facility on Inequalities. The event was facilitated by the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research (ACEIR).
This summary relates to the publication of the report Inequality Trends in South Africa – A multidimensional diagnostic of inequality and captures the information presented and the discussions held at the occasion of this event.
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