The UNU World Institute for Development (UNU-WIDER) launched its newest programme, ‘Southern Africa — Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED)’ on 30 November 2017 in Pretoria. Together with the International Food Policy Research Institute and a number of South African government agencies, the programme will deliver an ambitious and comprehensive research and capacity-building programme focusing on economic transformation and inclusive growth in the region. The South African partner organisations include the National Treasury, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, the South African Revenue Service, and Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies.
The local partners have been crucial in the formulation of SA-TIED, and they play a key role in its implementation. To ensure its impact on policies promoting economic transformation and curbing inequality, the programme builds on best practices on policy research by incorporating the key users of the research — policymakers and technical staff in government departments — into the design of SA-TIED. This is the first time the five South African organisations collaborate in policy research in this manner, and it entails interesting opportunities and synergies within the framework of SA-TIED.
In addition to the extensive body of research that will be produced during the programme’s lifespan, SA-TIED will prioritise the development of human and institutional capacities within the participating South African institutions. They include research collaborations across institutions, co-authoring of policy-relevant research papers, building technical capacity of junior staff, and improved collection and management of public data for research purposes.
For more information on SA-TIED, read the news story on the UNU-WIDER website.