A Basic Income Grant for South Africa
Guy Standing & Michael Samson, December 2003
At the Presidential Jobs Summit in 1998 COSATU negotiated an agreement by government to investigate a universal social grant for all South Africans - the Basic Income Grant. Government Policy-makers, civil society stakeholders and South African and international thinkers recognised the merit of addressing the problem of poverty directly and efficiently.
In March 2002 the South African government's Committee of Inquiry into Comprehensive Social Security completed its evaluation of policy options for addressing the severe levels of poverty afflicting the country. Accepting the findings of research commissioned from the Economic Policy Research Institute, the Committee's reports stated that "the Basic Income Grant has the potential, more than any other possible social protection intervention, to reduce poverty and promote human development and sustainable livelihoods."
This book provides an accessible collection of the current research on the issue, with chapters by both proponents and critics of the Basic Income Grant. Some of the issues discussed include: