Regional growth for southern Africa’s prosperity

Policy makers face critical decisions regarding a regional economic strategy in southern Africa and this work stream will bring together personnel from Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), a South Africa think tank, dti, and UNU-WIDER to support this important agenda through the production of policy-relevant research across four focus areas:

  • South Africa, SADC and beyond
  • South Africa as a regional investor
  • the spatial economy of southern Africa 
  • the political economy of regional growth and
  • strengthening regional value-chain

The improved growth dynamics in Africa in general, and in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in particular, has led to rapid growth in regional trade combined with an improved political and economic environment within the region. So far regional integration has mainly involved the ‘easy’ first stage toward integration — exchange of market access — and several major issues have surfaced with respect to the regional integration agenda, for example; broad-based policy steps needed to deepen regional integration have slowed considerably, and a notable incoherence between national policies and the regional integration agenda.

The strong linkages with regional research institutions developed during the ‘Regional Growth and Development in Southern Africa’ programme, and UNU-WIDER’s existing in-country engagements with governments throughout the region, will offer the opportunity to structure policy engagements focused on the results of the research undertaken within this work stream. The nature of this regional work stream and its network of regional research institutions offers substantial scope for capacity-building, including transfer of accumulated expertise to a range of countries in the SADC region through collaboration with new research partners.

In the media
Thando Vilakazi, the Executive Director, and Namhla Landani, a researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development, University of Johannesburg, published an article in The Coversation this week.
February 2021
Regional growth
Research seminar
3 Feb 2021 / 15:00 to 16:00
Regional growth
On 03 February the SA-TIED programme will host an online seminar on infrastructure development in Southern Africa. The presentation will be given by Cornelius Dube, Wellington Matsika, and Gamuchirai Chiwunze under the SA-TIED project work...
Working paper
Roseline T. Karambakuwa, Weliswa Matekenya, Syden Mishi, Leward Jeke, and Ronney M. Ncwadi
The paper evaluates strategies for developing successful special economic zones and transnational zones for Southern African countries to spur growth and employment. Most special economic zones implemented in Southern Africa have largely failed to bring...
December 2020
Regional growth
Working paper
Liako Mofo
Plastics are ubiquitous across the region and play an important role in multiple industries. Most plastic products are based on a value chain that is grounded in petroleum refining, posing an environmental challenge. Plastic manufacturing...
November 2020
Regional growth
28 Jul 2020 / 09:00 to 4 Aug 2020 / 17:00
Regional growth
The importance of regional industrial development is critical in the face of COVID-19 recovery plans. There is a need to look at approaches that would result in the strengthening of the industrial base across Africa...