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[VIRTUAL LAUNCH] It’s Helping Even Though It’s Not Enough: The Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant, Basic Income Support, and Social Protection in South Africa
Black Sash has published a qualitative, case-study based, report on the Covid-19 SRD Grant which is the culmination of an analysis of the policy framework, the regulations and delivery systems that have framed the establishment of this grant, as well as interviews with SRD Grant applicants to assess the impact of application processes, particularly for women and young people.

The effectiveness of the SRD Grant in alleviating hunger and extreme poverty has reignited calls by Black Sash amongst others for the state to consider a permanent system of Basic Income Support for those aged between 18 and 59, with little or no income, who were previously excluded from the social assistance system. However, as our findings and recommendations outline, a permanent BIS needs to form part of a broader social protection floor, in order to realise a more just and equitable society in South Africa.

May 17, 2022 10:00 AM in Harare, Pretoria

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