Tackling Inequality: Reflections from a South African in Indonesia

By Guest Blogger Sibulele Poswayo | South African Network on Inequality   As I end off the year that was, I am reminded of the highlights of 2014 and give thanks. It has been four months since I joined the winning team of the global civil society platform, “Empowering Civil Society Networks in an unequal […]

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Inequality and youth unemployment: the weaknesses of South African democracy

Guest Blogger Martina Borghi (El Barzon) reflects on her peer to peer visit to South Africa. South Africa is a country that creates high expectations, despite or thanks to its deep complexity. The peer to peer exchange organized in the framework of the ECSN-BRICSAM project has given me the great opportunity to get closer to […]

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Why it’s not just poverty but unemployment that matters in South Africa

By Guest Blogger Pradeep Baisakh | Programme Coordinator | Wada Na Todo Abhiyan What is the percentage of families living below poverty line in South Africa? I asked to as many people as I met during my two weeks visit to the country in November 2014. Some answered and some did not. Initially I wondered […]

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The Batik and Madiba Shirt Connection (PART II: BANDUNG)

History, Inequality and the pursuit of a pro-poor development trajectory in South Africa and Indonesia: Guest blogger Ayabonga Cawe from Rethink Africa, reflects on his recent exchange visit to Indonesia PART II: BANDUNG In Bandung we had the opportunity to meet with Akatiga Social Analysis and the Centre for Economic and Development Studies at the University of […]

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The Batik and Madiba Shirt Connection (PART I: JAKARTA)

History, Inequality and the pursuit of a pro-poor development trajectory in South Africa and Indonesia: Guest blogger Ayabonga Cawe from Rethink Africa, reflects on his recent exchange visit to Indonesia   PART I: JAKARTA Having just exchanged my ‘Mandela’s’ (as the people from Jakarta refer to the South Africa Rand) for a thick wad of Rupiah, I […]

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Hidden Hunger in South Africa

South Africa is supposedly a food-secure nation, producing enough calories to feed every one of its 53 million citizens. But despite some progress, one in four people currently suffers hunger on a regular basis and more than half of the population live in such precarious circumstances that they are at risk of going hungry. These […]

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Changing Food Systems & Inequality: Implications for Food Security and Public Policy in Brazil, India, Mexico, and South Africa

New research from the ECSN BRICSAM program finds that the globalization of agri-food systems in Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa has created opportunities for only a few – often landowners or those with access to capital – but has simultaneously increased gender, spatial and economic inequality, particularly in terms of increased marginalization of smallholders. […]

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Civil Society from the Global South calls on G20 leaders to address Unequal Food Systems

Civil society networks from Mexico, Indonesia, China, South Africa and Russia leading the ECSN BRICSAM programme ´s work on inequality and food have presented a position paper to the G20 Development Working Group calling for G20 leaders to build more equitable and sustainable food systems. This group of CSO networks believes that the G20 needs to address issues related […]

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Food Security, Malnutrition and Obesity in South Africa: a Question of Inequality?

The analysis of food security in South Africa reveals patterns that differ markedly from those experienced in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Although South Africa is broadly nationally self sufficient in food and ranks well above the average (about 80th) in GDP per capita, large numbers of people still experience significant levels of food insecurity. […]

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Establishing a BRICS-Civil Society Discussion Forum – Concept Note (South Africa, July 2014)

In July 2014, the following Civil Society Organizations and Networks: South Africa Network on Inequality (SANI) at Economic Justice Network (EJN) of FOCCISA, South African Forum for International Solidarity (SAFIS), Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA), The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO), Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) and ActionAid SA […]

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