Social grants help millions of South Africans escape the burden of poverty.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court has repeatedly stepped in to protect vulnerable people and to perform what former deputy chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke calls its "transformative role".
South Africans may have political rights, but many don’t enjoy the basics celebrated in the constitution.
As South Africa marks Human Rights Day and the 20th anniversary of its constitution it's a good time to reflect on the problems it faces in making constitutional rights a reality.
People queue to register for government grants in Cape Town, South Africa.
South Africa's Constitutional Court is in a fix. The only way to deliver social grants that support millions would be through a process that's without validation, would be unlawful and invalid.
Workers at Medupi coal-fired power station during its construction, one of South Africa’s most costly and environmentally unfriendly projects.
In preparing the 2017 national budget South Africa needs to take heed of warnings that its historical austerity measures are hurting the poor and even costing lives.
Many academics have been involved in supporting student protesters.
With the impasse between South African universities and students over free higher education a forum has been set up to look at possible reforms.
#FeesMustFall, and its demands for zero university fee increases, is in a second cycle of mass resistance in South Africa.
The leaderlessness of South Africa's #FeesMustFall student movement has ultimately fed into divisions within the grouping.
Makeshift beds on the streets of Sydney.
Not only is it cheaper to provide permanent supportive housing to the homeless, but the improvement to their lives is immeasurable.
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The Christian left has played a strong role in America's history. In this election too, it is not silent.
It’s this big.
The new prime minister has made social justice her brand. But the evidence shows just how big a job her predecessors left for her.
His example appears to be living on in corporate America these days.
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Companies, which in the past tended to stay neutral on divisive social and political issues, are increasingly taking a stand. What's behind the change?
Latest disaster: Tampaco Foils, near Dhaka.
The people responsible for the country's successes are the victims of its political failures.
An African philosophy of education offers new ways of thinking about the continent.
Adopting an African philosophy of education can be a powerful tool to help the continent's universities create real social change and justice.
Virtual reality can trigger emotions that text can’t convey.
It can be hard to move people with just text or images. But virtual reality can let people experience others' lives, making it a potent tool for social change.
If sea level rise takes away someone’s land, should that country be compensated and how?
Despite the fanfare of signing the Paris Agreement on climate, little progress has been made on compensating poor countries for irreparable damages from climate change.
There’s a huge role for universities to play beyond the ivory tower.
Evidence-based solutions to our systemic dilemmas won't be conjured out of thin air. Universities, governments and businesses all have to work together.
After World War II, Dr Seuss dedicated himself to creating art that would speak to a sense of fairness and justice that he believed only children possessed.
What Pet Should I Get? stays true to Dr Seuss' dedication to themes of universal appeal, and his deep aversion to prejudice.
Activist Bree Newsome was arrested shortly after removing the Confederate flag from South Carolina’s State House grounds.
Newsome's actions can be thought of as a significant piece of performance art.
Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations in the Bavarian Alps for a summit in June. Time is ripe for a courageous shift in global leadership.
The world needs an alliance of leading well-being economies, a WE7, to lead it in the 21st century. It would be the first step towards a global network committed to a sustainable future for the planet.
A vigil at Charleston’s AME Church.
The history of the AME Church represents a preeminent case of collective action in the name of social justice.
Showing his stripes: visiting a favela in Brazil in 2013.
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The pope's encyclical turns climate change into a moral discussion by focusing on the disproportionate impact of climate change on poor countries and regions.