• Ivor Chipkin

Universal Basic Income Grant

Here is the short article that Jelena and I wrote on a Universal Basic Income Grant. The paper has caused a bit of a stir outside South Africa. We are working on a more substantial essay.


We argue that a UBIG is a way of addressing a deep injustice in the current structure of the welfare system that excludes mainly Black African men by virtue of the patriarchal assumptions underpinning the current design: men as breadwinners supporting their families. We argue that such exclusion aggravates gendered violence, reproducing racist cliches about African men. It also doesn’t adequately take into account the structural nature of mass unemployment.

Here is the link to that article: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-04-29-universal-basic-income-grant-when-nothing-is-affordable-we-had-better-choose-the-best-unaffordable-solution

26 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

The Limits of the State Capture Commission

A shot was fired across the bow of the Zondo commission yesterday. Former President Jacob Zuma's lawyer, advocate Sikhakhane effectively gave notice that he will challenge the findings of the commissi

Welfare and Economic Planning in South Africa

Here is an extract of a new article that Jelena Vidojevic and I have just completed. The system of social grants introduced in South Africa after 1994 were widely celebrated in welfare circles for the