December saw renewed media interest in SALDRU’s Income Comparison Tool with three popular publications including Times Live, City Press and Daily Vox publishing articles about it from varying perspectives. SALDRU is pleased to see that the continued media interest. The tool is one of the most striking demonstrations of the economic challenge facing SA.
The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL Africa), located in Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) in the University of Cape Town School of Economics, has a mission to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. J-PAL Africa is hiring a Deputy Director. The closing date for this job application is 6 January 2019.
Watch SALDRU’s Murray Leibbrandt talk, in this newly released video, about a new UNU-WIDER/National Treasury project, Southern Africa - Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED). SA-TIED is a partnership between government and the research community and Leibbrandt leads the “Turning the Tide on Inequality” work stream.
UNU-WIDER’s Inequality in the Giants project is part of a large international collaborative research initiative, including teams from China, India, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa. Over the last three years each country team has produced four substantive research papers and a final synthesis paper. The SA team is made up of SALDRU researchers.
A strong SALDRU contingent, represented by Murray Leibbrandt, Vimal Ranchhod, Patrizio Piraino, Rocco Zizzamia, Simone Schotte and Haajirah Essau, participated in the AFD 13th International Conference on Development, Inequality and Social Cohesion from 6-7 December 2018 in Paris, France.
SALDRU’s Dr Brendan Maughan-Brown has been promoted to the rank of Chief Research Officer by UCT’s Faculty of Commerce. Maughan-Brown's main research projects involve interventions aimed at helping HIV positive individuals to link to HIV care services and to initiate antiretroviral therapy.
SALDRU’s Economics of Tobacco Control Project (ETCP) hosted a workshop on tobacco taxation for research fellows of the Tobacco Control Capacity Programme (TCCP), a training and research programme, which aims to develop the research capacities of upcoming researchers to reduce tobacco consumption.