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.

Policy dialogue
On Wednesday, 29 May researchers from the SA-TIED work stream on Regional growth for southern Africa's prosperity gather together with pol
28 May 2019
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Research seminar
SA-TIED researchers Anthony Black, Lawrence Edwards, Faizel Ismail, Brian Makundi, and Mike Morris will present their working paper on Spreadin
27 May 2019
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #58
by Justin Visagie and Ivan Turok
Services are the fastest growing portion of world trade and now account for nearly a quarter of global exports. This presents opportunities for...
15 May 2019
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #57
by Sithembiso Mtanga and Richard McCamel
This paper provides an overview of the structure, key functions, and characteristics of the motorcycle parts and aftermarket industries in Southern...
15 May 2019
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #49
by Alfred Moyo
This paper investigates whether Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries that are vulnerable to changes in oil prices could instead...
28 March 2019
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #47
by Maleshoane Majara
In spite of existence of trade arrangements including that of having a common market, trade patterns are low within EAC. Thus, the record of trade...
27 March 2019
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #46
by Pieter Naude Scribante
This paper combines the economics conflict deterrence literature with the robust literature on economic integration agreements, connecting the once...
27 March 2019
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #42
by Panashe Paul Mazungunye
Various policies are being implemented in Tanzania to expand the agro-processing sector. The study evaluates the role that agro-processing activities...
27 March 2019
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #39
by Jamie McGraw
This paper concerns the exploration of the efficiency effects of regional economic integration at the level of each member country. In specific, the...
26 March 2019
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper #38
by Anthony Black, Lawrence Edwards, Faizel Ismail, Brian Makundi, and Mike Morris
Regional integration is making steady progress in Africa and a key objective is to improve the prospects for industrialisation by expanding the...
26 March 2019
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Working paper
SA-TIED Working Paper 34
by Sandy Lowitt
There is general agreement at present that the Southern African Development Community needs to re-imagine itself and breathe new life into its...
25 March 2019
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Technical workshop
The SA-TIED programme's work stream on 'Regional Growth and Development for Southern Africa’s Prosperity' is holding a meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe
30 May 2018
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