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.

Working paper
Teboho Bosiu and Thando Vilakazi
The growth of African multinational companies in Southern and East Africa in recent decades brings with it a great opportunity for development of p
09 July 2020
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Working paper
Anthea Paelo and Genna Robb
This paper reviews comparative approaches to key issues in economic regulation in four countries of the Southern African Development Community, and
09 July 2020
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Working paper
Genna Robb and Anthea Paelo
Low levels of broadband penetration combined with poor quality of services present a challenge to growth and development in the Southern African De
09 July 2020
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Working paper
Richard Adu-Gyamfi, Simplice A. Asongu, Tinaye Sonto Mmusi, Herbert Wamalwa, and Madei Mangori
The objective of this research is to assess the extent to which export processing zones in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe integrate the Su
01 June 2020
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Working paper
Joan Halstein
This paper explores how Southern Africa can leverage its mineral resources to support growth and industrialization.
01 June 2020
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Working paper
Cornelius Dube, Wellington Matsika, and Gamuchirai Chiwunze
Special economic zones (SEZs) in Africa are generally regarded as underperforming relative to their peers in the rest of the world.
01 June 2020
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Working paper
Mustapha Douch
The principal contribution of this paper is to investigate the relationship between policy uncertainty, caused by recent developments in internat
01 June 2020
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Research Brief
by Alfred Moyo
Analysis of World Bank data ranging from 1990–2017 indicates that increases in global oil prices would have negative effects on the economic growth...
20 May 2020
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Working paper
Making agricultural value chains more inclusive through technology and innovation
Reena das Nair and Namhla Landani
Some entry barriers in agricultural and agro-processing value chains, particularly for smallholder farmers and small/medium-sized processors, can be...
30 March 2020
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Working paper
Agro-processing, value chains, and regional integration in Southern Africa
Anthony Black, Lawrence Edwards, Ruth Gorven, and Willard Mapulanga
Regional integration in Africa is underway but ongoing progress requires that the gains are widely spread. South Africa’s huge regional trade surplus...
30 March 2020
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Working paper
Initial considerations for the creation of an inter-regional industrial hemp value chain between Malawi and South Africa
Sandy Lowitt
Interest in industrial hemp has revived in the past 20 years. Malawi is considering legalizing the cultivation of industrial hemp as an alternative...
18 March 2020
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Research seminar
The importance of cheap, high-quality telecommunications services for economic development and growth are frequently stressed by policy makers, as
11 March 2020
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