The desire to treat all those in poverty via one policy stems from the same impulses that led to reform of poor laws in the 19th century.
The vision set out by Cyril Ramaphosa has the seeds for galvanising South Africans to get back on the right path. But it urgently needs a plan to make it happen.
A look at key data shows that the world is much better off today than ever before in history.
The Conversation played host to really important new ideas in 2018. Some will take years to develop. Others will never come to fruition. But they're important.
Brazil's new president – often called the 'Trump of the tropics' for his inflammatory, right-wing rhetoric – won over poorer voters by stoking fear and resentment. Can he make them happy?
The United Nations Declaration on sustainable development stresses "leaving no-one behind," but what about the factors that cause many to be behind in the first place?
New research shows high numbers of people in the UK are working multiple low-paid jobs.
Sahia and her husband hoped to start a life in Singpur, a village in Bangladesh. But the riverside community found climate change made putting down roots impossible.
Education through to the end of high school is a birthright in Australia but many kids are missing out on important parts of that birthright in ways that leave them feeling like losers and outsiders.
The education system needs an urgent re-think to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds a better chance in life.
When large companies move into an area, the result is often gentrification. When this happens, the economic and social costs for displaced residents is typically high.
The UN's special rapporteur on extreme poverty has given a damning indictment of how austerity has hit the UK. A former UN envoy explains why his calls to uphold social rights are so crucial.
When it comes to tackling unacceptable forms of work, lessons can be learned from the global South.
Initiatives to boost South Africa’s economy could reinforce structural weaknesses without addressing the high levels of inequality.
A wealth tax would put a price on past emissions and could be used to mitigate the negative effects of poverty, including vulnerability to climate change.
Scotland tends to take a more progressive approach to inequality, but how is it actually faring compared to the rest of the UK?
Polls indicate that South Africans are unlikely to totally abandon the African National Congress.
The UN's special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will look at the effects of austerity on the UK's most vulnerable.
UK mired by food 'deserts' and a crisis of loneliness – they should be tackled together.
Research shows that there is a stark geographical divide in the experiences of girls growing up in the UK today.