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Employment targeting in Response to Unemployment, Poverty and Inequality in South Africa

11 May 2017
12:30 - 14:00

Date: 11 May 2017     

Time:  12h30 – 14h00 

Venues:   Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town

Presentation available for download below:

Following the 2007/08 global financial crisis, the key risks and challenges facing the global economy are unemployment, poverty and inequality in emerging and developing economies in BRICS, Africa, Asia and Latin America. These risks and challenges pose a serious threat to the principles of allocation, redistribution and stability within developing, emerging and developed economies. The impacts of the on-going global financial crisis (GFC) has had negative impacts on economic growth and development with devastating consequences for households, resulting in high levels of unemployment, rising poverty, inequality and social unrest.

If mass unemployment in developing and emerging economies is a consequence of the global financial crisis (GFC), the most obvious response for the groupings such as BRICS and the G20 is to promote macroeconomic policies for mobilizing global savings and investments that target full employment in developing and emerging economies as a means to address poverty and inequality. Using updated data in an employment-targeting model (Pollins et al) for South Africa this study seeks to enhance the analysis of current forms, patterns and trajectories of unemployment, poverty, and inequality and improve the understanding of the drivers, dynamics and structural constraints underlying the current situation. The aim of the study is to explore the opportunities and tools for targeting employment as a means to address poverty and inequality in South Africa.

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