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Many black South Africans live in appalling conditions with no running water or electricity 27 years into democracy. Anders Pettersson/Getty Images

South Africa needs new thinking for its democracy to work for all

The new governing elite mistakenly believes that the goal of a democratic South Africa is simply to extend to everyone what whites enjoyed under apartheid.
Grants were found to help improve the health, including mental health, of women. EFE-EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

Landmark study shows how child grants empower women in Brazil and South Africa

Findings show that income transfer programmes must operate in deliberate coordination with ancillary social service institutions to deliver the maximum benefits for women’s empowerment.
Residents of the Jacob Riis Settlement in New York City hold photographs of leaks, mold, peeling paint and other issues during a community town hall meeting on March 7, 2019. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

How to improve public health, the environment and racial equity all at once: Upgrade low-income housing

Building retrofits are no joke: They make dwellings healthier and more energy-efficient. And when they’re done in low-income housing, they also reduce inequality.
U.S. reliance on food assistance is rising during the coronavirus pandemic as more people grapple with economic hardship. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

What is food insecurity?

A food policy researcher helps make sense of the lexicon of US food policy terms, and explains how they relate to racial justice.
The United States has 955 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr.. Katherine Welles/Shutterstock

Neighborhoods with MLK streets are poorer than national average and highly segregated, study reveals

US cities began naming streets in Black neighborhoods for Martin Luther King Jr. after his 1968 assassination. Researchers studying these areas 50 years later found entrenched deprivation.
A real problem for the Democratic Alliance is that it cannot hope to displace the dominant African National Congress. EFE-EPA/Kevin Sutherland

South Africa’s main opposition party caught in an unenviable political bind

The problem for the Democratic Alliance is not one of policy. There is real substance in its commitment to substituting racial criteria for overcoming historical disadvantage.
Real estate prices are still related to a neighborhood’s racial composition, despite laws prohibiting the explicit consideration of race in appraisals. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Homes in Black and Latino neighborhoods still undervalued 50 years after US banned using race in real estate appraisals

New research shows homes in white areas have appreciated $200,000 more since 1980 than similar homes in nonwhite areas – a result of both old racist housing policies and modern real estate practices.
Helen Zille’s return to the top echelons of the Democratic Alliance has been slammed as an attempt to make the party white again. EFE-EPA/Nic Bothma

Party’s woes signify historical dilemma of South Africa’s liberals

The Democratic Alliance’s problems can be traced back to the politicisation of race, which has persisted even after the dawn of democracy in 1994.

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