TIPS is a not-for-profit economic research organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa. TIPS has three main focus areas: trade and industrial policy, sustainable growth, and inequality and economic inclusion. TIPS undertakes research and analysis, and facilitates policy development, dialogue and capacity building.

Real Economy Bulletin

The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries and key data. The Third Quarter 2016 and Annual Provincial Review 2016 are now out.

Development Dialogue

The Development Dialogue Seminars, hosted by TIPS, offer a platform to share views and ideas on development issues and alternative policy strategies.

Training Workshops 2017

  • Trade Policy and South Africa

    27-28 February and 01 March 

    The course will provide participants with insights into how the world trading systems work and South Africa’s trade relationship with key regions.

  • Value Chains

    14-15 March 2017

    The function of this workshop is to build research and policy capabilities in the South African government to better understand the dynamics of value chains, and in so doing to contribute to employment growth and productivity enhancement. 

All workshops

Upcoming events and Announcements

  • TIPS Annual Forum 2017 - Call for Papers

    The TIPS Annual Forum will be held on June 13-14 in Pretoria. The theme this year is Industrialisation and Sustainable Growth. People wishing to contribute papers are invited to submit their title and abstracts of up to 500 words. The submission date has been extended to 3 February 2017. For more on how make a submission and the focus of the topics see Tips Forum 2017.

  • Development Dialogue: US-SA Trade Relations and AGOA

    This year's TIPS Development Dialogue seminars start on Tuesday January 24 with a panel discussion on US-SA trade relations and AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act). For more information and details of how to register go to Development Dialogue.  Presenters: Faizel Ismail (TIPS and UCT), Malose Letsoalo (the dti), Tinashe Kapuya (Agricultural Business Chamber) and Christopher Wood (TIPS) 

  • An Empty Plate

    TIPS Research Fellow Dr Tracy Ledger is a food systems researcher and activist. Her book "An Empty Plate" looks at what we need to do to build a new system based on equity and social justice. Read more about it here. And read about why she decided to write the book here. (Available in selected shops, from takealot.com and also on Kindle)

  • The Real Economy Bulletin - Third Quarter 2016

    The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of quarterly trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries and key data in Excel format. Aditional topics in this edition include briefing notes on the national minimum wge and manufacturing and food and inflations. See The Real Economy Bulletin - Third Quarter 2016.

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Working at TIPS


TIPS offers internships to qualified people to gain professional experience in the economic policy field in South Africa and the continent.

Small Grant Research Papers

TIPS offers small research grants of up to R16 500 to students in South Africa at the Masters level. Students from outside South Africa would be considered in exceptional cases.

Economic Conferences

In addition to planning the Annual Forum, the TIPS Event Management Team can also be commissioned to plan and manage external economic conferences and events.