Learning from International UBIG Experiences: Spain/Europe, Brazil/Latin America and Canada

Speakers: Ángel Bravo, Craig Berggold, Leandro Ferreira

Date and Time: Thursday, 20 August 2020, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Speaker bios:

Ángel Bravo was a Spanish language and literature high school teacher since 1982. He is currently retired and residing in Madrid (Spain). In 2014, he took part in the Spanish “People’s legislative initiative” for an unconditional basic income (UBI), trying to collect 500 000 signatures that made it possible for the UBI to be discussed in the Spanish parliament. In 2015 he was one of the founders of the association “Humanists for the universal basic income”, which put in motion an intense activity aiming at promoting the UBI. In 2016 he joined the Unconditional Basic Income Europe (UBIE) network and started preparing the future European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) for an unconditional basic income. In 2019 he was appointed to coordinate the ECI in Spain and in 2020 he was one of the 7 organizers who submitted the ECI’s text to the European Commission, which accepted it last May.

Craig Berggold is a Canadian team leader for the Case for Basic Income and the Arts and co-author of a public letter campaign endorsed by unions and groups representing 75,000+ artists, writers, technicians and performers calling for a basic income guarantee for all. This campaign is part of a growing Canadian basic income movement. Craig is also an award-winning filmmaker and media arts teacher. For more information about #artists4basicincome, please check out the campaign website: www.obin.ca/the_case_for_basic_income_for_the_arts


Leandro Ferreira is the President of the Brazilian Basic Income Network. He holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Federal University of ABC and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Sao Paulo. His research interests are cash transfers and theories of change in public policy. He has professional experience in public service from the Senate of Brazil, the Human Rights Secretariat of Sao Paulo City Government, and the City Council of Sao Paulo.

About the event:

Since level 5 lockdown the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign has demanded a #UBIGNOW. Such a call is also shared by 124 other organisations with whom we have put together a consensus framework on the principles of the #UBIGNOW. We are also busy getting the technical work done on our common position. In this context we welcome the announcement by the Minister of Social Development that government is considering the introduction of a universal basic income grant.

To deepen the national debate in support of a #UBIGNOW we are hosting international speakers to share lessons with us.

Below is the list of organisations supporting the call for a #UBIGNOW:


Abanebhongo Persons with Disabilities

Active Citizens Movement

Africa Diaspora Workers Network

African Centre for Biodiversity

African Climate Reality Project

Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

Alternative Information and Development Centre

Amandla Collective

Amandla Resource and Information Centre

Amava Oluntu

Anglican Church Diocese of Swaziland

Anglican Church of Southern Africa Environmental Network

Arya Samaj

Austerville Project Committee

Bench Marks Foundation

Biowatch SA

Black Sash,

C19 Peoples Coalition Food Working Group

Cape Town Interfaith Initiative

Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University

Childrens Resource Centre

Christian Development Trust Foundation NPC

Cissie Gool House Community Garden

Consumer Action Network

Cooperative and Policy Alternative Centre

Crystal Horizons Youth Centre (CHYC)

Earthrise Trust

Elemental Africa Farm and Resource Hub

Elsies River Business Forum

Elsies River Community Action Network

Elsies River Informal Traders Association

Engineers Without Borders- Wits

Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University,

Equal Education

Food Equity, Equality and Democracy

Food Flow ZA,

Food Secure Now NPC,

Foundation for Human Rights

Frack Free South Africa

Gandhi Development Trust

Gauge Capability

Gauteng Food Governance Community of Practice

Gay and Lesbian Network

GenderCC Southern Africa- Women for Climate Justice

Global Hope Youth Foundation

Green Business College

Growing Sustainable Farmers (GSF)

Hebron Mango Tree Owner Primary Cooperative Limited (Ltd)

Ikhaya Garden

Inala Forum- Wits

Inspire Network

Institute for Economic Justice

Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmer Organisations (INOFO) (South Africa Chapter)

Internation Labour Research and Information Group

Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance

Johannesburg Against Injustice

Kensington (JHB) Community Action Network

Khulumani Support Group

Kusile Women Empowerment

KZN Subsistence Fisherfolks

Land Access Movement of South Africa

Makers Valley Partnership

Marena Kingdom Nutrients Enterprise

Masifundise Development Trust,

Modikidiki Simply Green Vegetables

Molobanyane Cooperative

Mopani Farmers Association

Mpophomeni Conservation Group

Muizenberg CAN


Ntinga Ntaba kaNdoda

Nyathiziyalima Farming Primary Cooperative

Observatory CAN

Observatory Civic Association

Oribi Village

Oxfam South Africa

Phoenix Settlement Trust

Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity Group

Poor Flat Dwellers Movement .

Rethinking Economics for Africa

Rethinking Economics for Africa- Wits

Seriti Institute


Shayisfuba feminist collective

Slow Food

Slow Food Community of KZN Midlands

Socio Economic rights institute


Solidarity Strategic Institute

Soul on Indigenous Life

South African Comprehensive Agroecology National Initiative

South African Food Sovereignty Campaign

South African Informal Traders Association

South Durban Community Environmental Alliance

Southern Africa Migration Network (SAMIN)

Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute

Southern African Food Lab

Southern and East African Trade Institute – SEATINI: South Africa

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute

Support Centre for Land Change

Sustainable Innovations Africa

The Reunion Airports Farmers Association

Theology and Development Programme, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Thousand Herbs and Vegetable Garden Agricultural Cooperative LTD

Triangle Project

Trust for Community Outreach and Education

Tshwane Leadership Foundation

Ubunya Bama Hostelle

UFS Food Sovereignty Campaign

Umkomaas Anti-Pollution Watchdog

Unemployed Peoples Movement


Veda Dharma Sahba

Vhembe Agro-processing Cooperative

Victoria Yards

Wentworth Development Forum

West Coast Food Sovereignty and Solidarity Forum

Western Cape Food Governance Community of Practice

Wits Physics School Council


Workers World Media


XR- National

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