Discussion Papers Discussion Papers

In the initial planning phases of NIDS, SALDRU commissioned a series of Planning Papers highlighting important socio-economic issues in South Africa. Whilst standing in their own right, as a set they ...

Announcements Announcements

NIDS-CRAM is a special follow up with a sub-sample of Wave 5 NIDS household members on the current global Coronavirus pandemic and the associated national lockdown. Visit NIDS-CRAM.  ...

Training & Outreach Training & Outreach

NIDS Hosts 3-day Panel Data Course NIDS hosted a 3-day Panel Data Course from 3- 5 December 2018 at UCT’s School of Economics. The course provided an introduction to analysing the NIDS Wave 1...

NIDS in the Media NIDS in the Media

South Africa can – and should – top up child support grants to avoid a humanitarian crisis In this article published in The Conversation in March, Ihsaan Bassier, Josh Budlender, Prof. ...

DPME                       SALDRU

NIDS is a panel study that has been following the lives of the same 28 000 South Africans and those they live with since 2008. An initiative of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), the first five iterations of the study were implemented by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit based at the University of Cape Town's School of Economics between 2008 and 2017. Approximately every two years, highly trained fieldworkers re-interviewed the same people to find out what – if anything – has changed for them since they were last interviewed. In 2020, in light of the global Coronavirus pandemic, a special telephonic follow up survey is being conducted with a subsample of adults from households interviewed by NIDS in 2017. This survey is called the National Income Dynamics Study - Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM).

39 400

individuals interviewed in 2017

10 800

households interviewed in 2017

12 years

since inception