Ariane De Lannoy: Youth Deprivation in South Africa

Speaking at a symposium on “Social Mobility and Inequality in South Africa” co-hosted by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office, Dr. Ariane De Lannoy, focused on the multidimensionality of youth deprivation.

Income poverty is widespread. Sixty percent of youth today are living in households with a per capita monthly income below the StatsSA upper bound poverty line of R620 for 2011.

However, alongside income poverty, there are a range of other types of deprivation that simultaneously have an impact on a young person’s life in South Africa. We can measure these as separate indicators, and combine them in a multidimensional poverty index. They include deprivation in education, access to housing, sanitation, electricity, connectivity and so on. A third (33%) of South African youth are multidimensionally poor.

Download Dr. De Lannoy’s slide presentation (PDF). View the symposium’s programme (PDF).

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