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 First Quarter 2017 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

  • Value chains

    7-8 August 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 through upgrading. The workshop will be interactive and combine formal presentations with participation of government officials. To draw practical lessons useful to policymaking and implementation, the workshop will focus on a selection of value chains of relevance/interest to participants.

    Dr Justin Barnes of Benchmarking and Manufacturing Analysts will facilitate the workshop. Dr Barnes has extensive experience of policy development and implementation in a range of sectors and countries (including South Africa) and is a member of a global research network analysing the global value chains framework.

  • Microeconomics for non-economists

    4-5 September 2016

    A course for public sector officials whose jobs require them to interact with and/or influence the enabling environment within which private sector firms operate.

    The course is designed to assist officials who have no formal economics training to understand in a theoretically rigorous manner: how a modern economy operates and functions; how markets operate and grow; and, how firms makeinvestment, output and employment decisions. It will provide a better understand published economic research, statistical releases and media reporting thereby assisting in capacity building and knowledge development; and understand and anticipate firm and market responses to governmental actions and interventions thereby increasing the efficacy of policy and strategy development and implementation.

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Upcoming events and Announcements

  • OR Tambo Debate Series - 20 July 2017

    Radical Economic Transformation & The National Development Plan

    This is the seventh debate in the series. Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba is giving the keynote address. TIPS Senior Economist Neva Makgetla is on the panel. Venue: Wits School of Governance, Parktown, Johannesburg. Time: 16.00. For more information and details of the other participants see online. RSVP:

  • Intern - two positions

    TIPS is offering two intern positions for 6/12 months. These are open to recently or about to graduate at masters level students). Closing date for applications is 23 July 2017. For more about the position and how to apply see Intern Positions.

  • Development Dialogue seminar 26 June 2017: Transforming agri-systems

    The TIPS Development Dialogue on Transforming agri-systems was held on 26 June 2017. For information and copies of the presentations go to Development Dialogue. Presenters: Wytske Chamberlain (University of Pretoria) and Tracy Ledger (TIPS Research Associate). 

  • Industrial Policy for Policy Makers - apply now

    The new Industrial Policy for Policy Makers (IPPM) training programme will be held alongside APORDE 2017 in September. Call for applications for participants to attend closes on 21 July 2017. For more information and details of how to apply see call for applications.

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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.

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    Internship at Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) TIPS has two internship opportunities available for recently or about to graduate…

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.