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UNU-WIDER launched its newest programme ‘Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)’ on 30 November 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. Together with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and a number of South African...

11 December 2017
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 19/2018
By Bruno Merven, Gregory Ireland, Faaiqa Hartley, Channing Arndt, Alison Hughes, Fadiel Ahjum, Bryce McCall, and Tara Caetano

This paper lays the foundation for the analysis of the macro- and socio-economic benefits of a transition in the power sector to be made using a linked energy-economy modelling framework called SATIMGE. SATIMGE is made up of an energy systems model, SATIM (South African TIMES Model), and a general computable equilibrium model of South Africa. Tw...

20 June 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 18/2018
By Eustensia Munsaka

This study determines the extent to which broker opportunism (using the hidden commission charged by brokers as a proxy for opportunistic behaviour) in the tomato supply chain in Zambia is reduced by farmers’ access to price information through an information system.

15 June 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 17/2018
By Mmamoletji Oniccah Thosago

The aim of this study is to investigate whether households in an informal settlement, who receive one or more social grants, save a portion of their income, and what their savings behaviour is. Out of the 215, 150 households save some of their income but mostly in burial societies and stokvels.

28 May 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 16/2018
By Charlotte-Kathrin Stollberg

The recent PIRLS report painted a dire picture of South Africa’s literacy: 80% of Grade 4 learners are unable to read for meaning. With a large body of research confirming how reading literacy holds predictive validity for later child development and academic success, Shine Literacy offers an intervention that is set as a measure for those who s...

28 May 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 15/2018
By Nobuhle D. Mbonane and M.N. Makhura

Crop insurance is a sustainable risk management tool that farmers need for increasing the sustainability of their agricultural enterprises by reducing income risks. This paper reports on factors influencing farmers’ interest in purchasing crop insurance.

28 May 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 14/2018
By Lauralyn Kaziboni

This paper analyses responses from the City of Johannesburg survey on economic performance, competitiveness and the challenges faced, from over 300 firms. The study suggests that that a significant proportion of firms exhibited growth between 2013 and 2015, depending on sectoral grouping, access to the export market and investment in machinery a...

28 May 2018
macroeconomics
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 13/2018
By Anna Filipova and Mike Morris

The falling cost of renewable energy technologies globally is a key driver of the implementation of smallscale embedded generation in South Africa as an alternative to electricity from the national grid. The technology has disruptive potential for the vertically integrated and centralised electricity value chain, dominated by Eskom.

28 May 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 12/2018
By Sam Filby

This paper describes South Africa’s implementation of Article 6 of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco. The current status of implementation was measured using indicators derived from the FCTC reporting instrument, with South Africa showing 68% complianc...

28 May 2018
climate
Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 11/2018
By Xolela Dlikilili and Johan van Rooyen

This paper analyses the competitive trends of the South African citrus industry, making use of the relative trade advantage model to calculate such competitive trends over time. The data to measure competitive performance was obtained from the Food and Agricultural Organization and the International Trade Centre.

28 May 2018
climate