Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) - Phase III

Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is an network of researchers established in 1996 that seeks to provide the Government of South Africa, civil society and the region with independent advice on economic policy, with a particular focus on trade and industrial issues. Its mission is to form a critical mass of intellectual capacity to undertake leading edge economic research, stimulate debate, generate policy options and, through links with key international institutions, bring the quality of research done locally closer to international best practice.

This grant will allow TIPS to continue its operations taking into account experience gained in the first two phases of the project (101039 and 102665) and the rapidly evolving policy environment in South Africa. This means striking a balance between the immediate policy priorities of the South African government (growth, poverty alleviation and job creation) and what the organization believes to be its future needs (improved educational outcomes and enhanced capacity to undertake empirical policy impact assessment). As a result, TIPS will broaden its thematic agenda to include, in addition to trade analysis, the Real Economy Study and a program of work on the economics of education.

Recently, TIPS successfully competed with other policy institutions in Southern Africa to host the new Southern African Development Research Network (SADRN), funded under project 103882, and will endeavor to remain active in both the South African and Southern African economic policy arena.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, February 2, 2007

End Date

Thursday, March 18, 2010


36 months

IDRC Officer

Okwi, Paul

Total funding

CA$ 1,000,000


South Africa, South of Sahara


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Stephen Hanival


Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (Association incorporated under Section 21)

Institution Country

South Africa

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