Social policy in South Africa appears to be at a crossroads. Both redistributive social aims and neoliberal economic objectives compete to shape its current trajectory. It remains uncertain whether social policy is moving towards a more redistributive model, whether it serves as a mere complement to primary economic goals, or if it is in fact moving in a new direction. The South Africa case study for the UNRISD project, New Directions in Social Policy: Alternatives from and for the Global South,
aims to assess whether we are seeing a transformative shift in South African social policy.
This Project Brief was prepared by Roosa Jolkkonen and Joannah Caborn Wengler.
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