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Politics of Basic Income Talk Series – Dr. Kelly Howson & Neil Coleman on October 19, 2023: “Pay The Grants in Africa: The UBI Guarantee in South Africa”

Oktober 19, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Dr. Kelle Howson & Neil Coleman, both from the Institute of Economic Justice, are going to open the Politics of Basic Income Talk Series!

Title: Pay The Grants in Africa: The UBI Guarantee in South Africa

Time: 19.10.2023, 04:00-05:30 pm (UK).

Location: Zoom (Click here to join the meeting)

Abstract: Leading figures from the Institute for Economic Justice will talk us through the contemporary politics of basic income in South Africa. Basic income is high on the political agenda as a the country’s general election looms, leading some to ask whether South Africa will be the first nation to introduce the policy.


Dr. Kelle Howson is a Senior Research Consultant with the Institute for Economic Justice and a Research Associate with the Oxford Internet Institute. She is a development/economic geographer, with research interests in labour in global value chains; digitalisation, artificial intelligence and global inequality; and social protection and universal basic income.

Neil Coleman is co-founder of the Institute for Economic Justice, and a Senior Policy Specialist. He has been an activist, strategist and policy researcher in the South African Mass Democratic Movement, United Democratic Front, Tripartite Alliance and Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) since the late 1970s, and a COSATU official between 1989-2017. He participated in the constitutional negotiations, headed COSATU’s parliamentary office, was special advisor to Department of Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel and Strategies Co-ordinator in the COSATU Secretariat. Neil led Labour’s delegation in the national minimum wage negotiations 2015-2017.

Starting in Oct 2023: Politics of Basic Income Talk Series!

Starting in October 2023 and continuing monthly on every 3rd Thursday, join us for a global exploration of Universal Basic Income (UBI) politics, hosted by the Bath UBI Beacon and Freiburg Institute of Basic Income Studies (FRIBIS), in partnership with the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). Experts from around the world will share insights on UBI policy, movement building, and research.

Find out more here.


Oktober 19, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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FRIBIS – Freiburg Institute for Basic Income Studies
Bath Beacon