South Africa Remains Unequal and Unlikely to Meet 2030 Development Goals

  A new report on development progress in South Africa has been released. This one is titled Overcoming Poverty and Inequality in South Africa: An Assessment of Drivers, Constraints and Opportunities. It is prepared by the World Bank, and it is a useful report. It confirms what we already know, and reports arising from the National Income … Continue reading South Africa Remains Unequal and Unlikely to Meet 2030 Development Goals

Website Tracks Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

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The website https://sdg-tracker.org/ provides excellent summaries and visualisations on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). From the website:   The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are targets for global development adopted in September 2015, set to be achieved by 2030. Here we present data across all available indicators from the Our World in Data database tracking progress towards these goals around … Continue reading Website Tracks Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

SALDRU – New Logo, Rebooted Mission

Murray Leibbrandt

The Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) has a new logo! The Director of SALDRU and the pro-vice-chancellor of UCT’s Poverty and Inequality Initiative, locates the changed logo with the organisations mission in an interview. He argues that the branding change: “This brings us back to contemporary South Africa and how it works; how people get … Continue reading SALDRU – New Logo, Rebooted Mission

Algorithmic Overloads “Like” The Status Quo Argues Cathy O’ Neil

dark secrets of big data

Cathy O'Neil argues that algorithm's automate the staus quo and calls for activism against the algorithmic overloads. The intro reads: Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance and much more -- but they don't automatically make things fair. Mathematician and data scientist Cathy O'Neil coined a term for … Continue reading Algorithmic Overloads “Like” The Status Quo Argues Cathy O’ Neil

Labour is not equal to work, says Guy Standing

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Guy Standing is a demanding and challenging scholar. In a somewhat meandering article on the meaning of labour, Standing asks a pertinent question that has deep implications for left strategy on inequality. He writes: It is intellectually excusable for those on the political right to want to restrict the meaning of work to labour, or … Continue reading Labour is not equal to work, says Guy Standing

LIS summer workshop

Applications are open for the LIS summer workshop: 2018 LIS Summer Workshop will be held 01 - 06 July in Luxembourg. The workshop is a one-week intensive course designed to introduce researchers in the social sciences to comparative research in income distribution, employment and social policy, using the Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS) and the Luxembourg Wealth Study … Continue reading LIS summer workshop

Transformational entrepreneurship need comprehensive packages. Maybe, even a minimum wage

entrepreneurship and inequality

Entrepreneurship is often seen as a solution to poverty. Perhaps, this optimism of the market is misplaced. Elisabeth Jacobs, from the the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, develops a framework connecting rising economic inequality and declining levels of innovation and economic dynamism in the United States. The article is of course relevant to the United … Continue reading Transformational entrepreneurship need comprehensive packages. Maybe, even a minimum wage

Launch: New South Africa Review: The Crises of Inequality

new south africa review

The current edition of the New South Africa Review is on inequality. It promises an engaging and challenging read. The book intro reads as follows: Despite the transition from apartheid to democracy, South Africa is the most unequal country in the world. Its extremes of wealth and poverty undermine intensifying struggles for a better life … Continue reading Launch: New South Africa Review: The Crises of Inequality

Call for Papers—Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization

UNRISD Call for Papers

The UNRISD is invited submissions for a conference on Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization. The conference web page reads as follows: Inequalities are one of today’s greatest challenges, obstructing poverty reduction and sustainable development. Such disparities are catalysed by elite capture of economic and political power, a reinforcing … Continue reading Call for Papers—Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization

Stephen Hawking discusses inequality

Stephen Hawking's contribution to science is immense, as was his ability to produce excellence despite his disease. Hawking's in the linked article tackles questions on inequality, linking changes in technology to questions of inequality. He writes: With not only jobs but entire industries disappearing, we must help people to retrain for a new world and … Continue reading Stephen Hawking discusses inequality