Children from poorer backgrounds do worse at every stage of the education system.
Amid the global threats posed by climate change, spiralling energy costs, insecure employment and widening inequality, the need to rethink our notion of progress is now an urgent priority.
Economic inequality during the Dutch East Indies era varied radically, depending on where you look. What made the income distribution different from one region to another?
Angola’s 2022 election is the first in which citizens born after the war are old enough to vote.
The deliberations were characterised by disingenuous, counter-factual policy pronouncements, and de facto denials of the ANC’s culpability in causing many of the current problems facing the country.
Water is a critical resource, enabling socio-economic development.
Every South African who cares about the future of the country will agree with former president Mbeki that, to avert disaster, something must be done urgently about its deep socio-economic problems.
A scholar of the ancient Near East explains how loan forgiveness was handled thousands of years ago in the Bible and royal decrees.
There are opportunities for intervention in the education system to address gaps in psycho-social provision and support.
A sociologist took a critical look at the cherished career advice to ‘follow your passion.’ What she found is that this advice often brings unintended consequences.
Millionaires gain more voices in directing global issues. Now let’s demand their responsibilities in curbing rising inequalities – by taxing them more.
The narrative of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is more aspiration than reality.
Preliminary research finds that India’s high growth rate has failed to trickle down to society’s marginalised communities, with caste, gender and background still dictating life chances.
An anthropologist writes that despite best efforts, there is no guarantee that children may not have been exploited in the production process of chocolate.
The call for GST exemptions on food is a regular feature of New Zealand politics, but it’s far from the simple cost of living solution many seem to think it is.
On many dimensions, Millennials aged 25-35 are better off than were Boomers, with housing and the environment the big exceptions.
The case for homework for primary-age children is not clear.
A wealth tax has long been in the too hard basket for successive governments, but it’s time to take it out and properly debate the fairness of the current system.
Freedom Day needs to be used by South Africans to renew their commitment to correcting their country’s faults.
Low literacy levels are a common contributing factor in Australia’s homeless population. We asked people who have experienced homelessness how poor literacy affected their lives – and what would help.