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28 Aug 2017

Wellbeing amidst increasing poverty and inequality?

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Press Release

Pretoria, Monday 28 August 2017 – In response to deepening poverty and inequality in South Africa, the Human Sciences Research Council has defined its strategic focus for the next five years as: ‘poverty and inequality: diagnosis, prognosis, responses’.

Looking towards comprehensive diagnosis, prognosis and response, the Council has identified three priority research projects:
1.    Poverty and Inequality in South Africa in 3D: Using a 3 Dimensional Human Wellbeing Lens to Move Us Forward
2.    Towards a centre for excellence for research and teaching on city-region economies
3.    Transformative Governance Initiative

Amidst concerns that poverty and inequality is growing at an alarming rate, rather than decreasing, as evidenced in the Poverty Trends in South Africa report released by StatsSA last week, the Human Sciences Research Council will discuss the concept of holistic wellbeing at a seminar on Wednesday 30 August 2017.  This concept has been traditionally looked at purely through an economic lens.

Through its multi-disciplinary approach towards this concept, the HSRC hopes to contribute to the global pool of knowledge on this topic by grounding its work in the African context, and addressing the intersections of race, class, gender and geography with poverty and inequality.

Media is invited as follows:
Date            Wedneday 30 August 2017
Time            12h30-14h00
Venues        Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town

Cape Town
HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town
Contact Jean Witten on 021 4668004 or email JWitten@hsrc.ac.za

Durban
The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea
Contact: Ridhwaan Khan on 031 242 5400, 083 788 2786 or email: RKhan@hsrc.ac.za, or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail HZulu@hsrc.ac.za

Pretoria
HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
Contact Arlene Grossberg on 012 302 2811 e-mail: acgrossberg@hsrc.ac.za

Interviews can be facilitated with spokespeople.

About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:

Manusha Pillai
Mobile:  082 389 3587
Email: MPillai@hsrc.ac.za

Adziliwi Nematandani
Mobile: 082 765 9191
E-mail: anematandani@hsrc.ac.za

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