Past events

  • Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 13:30

    From the 1960s through the 1980s, the apartheid government expanded direct provision of low-cost family planning services for black residents of white areas.  In the homelands, access to contraception remained more limited. 

  • Monday, May 11, 2015 - 09:00

     Animal health issues are a central concern within rural development initiatives and livestock keeping communities in South Africa. The important issue is the fact that knowledge of animal diseases (causation, understandings of the differences between practices aimed at treatment of a disease and its prevention, etc.) and animal health practices are generally poorly understood and unevenly practiced.


  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 to Thursday, April 30, 2015

    The Gender Summits are about creating regional and global multi-stakeholder communities committed to enhancing scientific excellence by: removing gender bias from science knowledge making; advancing gender equality in science structures and practices; and applying understanding of gender issues to advance more sustainable and effective research and innovation.The theme for this year conference is 'Poverty alleviation and economic empowerment through scientific research & innovation: Better Knowledge From and For Africa'. To register click hereFor further information, please go to 

  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    SASPRI together with colleagues at the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) and the Labour Research Service (LRS) will be presenting the results of a project which aims to estimate the income required for a decent living level for all South Africans. Click here to download an invitation

  • Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 00:15

    This seminar is based on a paper which discusses the problems faced by middle-income countries in the process of catch-up and development, with a focus on the tendency for these countries to fall into a ‘middle income trap’. The paper finds that growth in labour productivity in South Africa has been associated with labour shedding, rising informality and an increase in low value-added service sector employment. This pattern of growth and structural change shares some similarities with the experience of India but less so with Brazil. South Africa should continue to develop a coherent nexus of trade, industrial and technology policies to facilitate learning-by-doing in increasing returns activities. This should be coupled with a stronger alignment to a decent work agenda within a macroeconomic framework that addresses increasing global financialisation and its threats.

  • Friday, May 16, 2014 -
    10:00 to 11:30

    The Twenty Year Review provides an evaluation of the policies instituted by government since the advert of democracy.

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:15

    South Africa’s liberation struggle was not only about securing political freedom and civil liberties for its entire people, but it was one that had sought to create another society, namely, the good society. The South African Native National Congress (SANNC), which was reconstituted later into the African National Congress (ANC), was formed in order to challenge colonial domination and oppression on this premise.

  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 08:00 to Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 17:00

    Contributions are invited for free standing papers, or proposals for panels on the main strands of the conference:

    • Assembling the most recent evidence on how inequality relates to poverty and vulnerability.
    • Exploring the dynamics of inequalities and how they intersect across multiple dimensions and multiple levels.
    • Considering what policy options are suitable for dealing with the interplay of inequality, poverty and vulnerability
  • Monday, April 7, 2014 - 08:00 to Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 17:00

    In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the SA Constitution and  60th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education a conference will be held to reflect on past attainments and challenges & prospective trends & developments in education.

  • Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:00

    About the topic

    Ms Molamu will focus on the situation of children with disabilities in South Africa and the importance for duty bearers to promote, protect and fulfill their rights. She will highlight the policy, service delivery and practice imperatives to create a platform where children with disabilities receive a quality, responsive and supportive service.