The IEJ is a Progressive Economics
Think Tank based in South Africa.

We provide rigorous economic analysis designed to arm policy-makers and the public with progressive policy options to combat the scourge of poverty, underdevelopment, and inequality in South Africa, the region and the continent.

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The IEJ’s core objective is to provide policymakers and progressive social forces in South Africa with access to rigorous economic analysis, and well thought through policy options, as a basis for advancing systemic change.

By acting as a research and policy hub, the IEJ builds links between the research community and the labour movement, progressive civil society and activist organisations, and elements within the state and business. Our research agenda is developed in an ongoing collaboration with these social partners, and the project outputs are made accessible and appropriate for policy work. In South Africa, such an organic relationship between an economics research institute and organisations with a mass constituency is unique.

Supplementary Budget reneges on COVID-19 rescue package - https://mailchi.mp/iej/supplementary-budget-reneges-on-covid-19-rescue-package

Today @SubiBuseko and @danielmclarenza attended the Joint Meeting: Standing Committee on Finance and Select Committee on Finance on behalf of @budgetjusticesa.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hj1MEtkj9Gw

The Minister, instead of addressing the burning issues raised by 100 experts in the submission to parli, & previous letters to him, tries to bully & silence them. This group of signatories has *decades* of policy experience inside & outside of govt., as the Minister is well aware https://twitter.com/tito_mboweni/status/1278411526840496128

Tito Mboweni@tito_mboweni

It is not a good idea for professional economists to unwittingly involve themselves in things they know nothing about: policy and politics.

I have been following the proposals by @IEJ_SA especially in relation to the R500bn package announced by the President. Their proposals are within the framework of that allocation. & their point about reprioritised funds and new spending is valid. @Bruceps https://twitter.com/bruceps/status/1278424841952145409

Peter Bruce@Bruceps

No, but we can't just print money to pay our debts... https://twitter.com/nombonisogasa/status/1278424631561641990

The cash transfers sub-group of the C19 People's Coalition calls for full payment of the special covid grant and opposes the disastrous austerity budget. It has made this submission to hearings in Parliament #PayTheGrants

@budgetjusticesa @IEJ_SA

https://c19peoplescoalition.org.za/parliamentary-submission-special-supplementary-budget/

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Projects

Our projects aim to advance social justice, promote equitable economic development that realises socio-economic rights, and ensure a thriving, democratic, environmentally sustainable, and inclusive economy that places the needs of the majority at the centre.

Budget Justice, Tax Justice and Alternatives to Austerity

 Contributing to an anti-austerity politics and just tax system, in South Africa and the continent.

Challenging Economic Orthodoxies in Africa

Contributing to a vision and concrete proposals for inclusive economies on the continent.

Climate Justice

Transforming our economy to address the climate emergency while ensuring a just transition which protects workers and communities.

Decent Minimum Wages in South Africa and the Region

Working towards fair, just and liveable wages in South Africa and across the continent.

Economics and Human Rights

Advocating for a human rights based approach for a just economy which serves the interests of the general public.

Feminist Economics

Training economists in the subdiscipline of feminist economics.

Finance for Development

Exploring the role and limits of private sector involvement in meeting infrastructural needs in South Africa and Africa and the role of state-owned enterprises.

Macroeconomic Policy for Development and Employment

Developing macroeconomic policy that advances development and employment, in South Africa and Africa

Rethinking Economics

Supporting a movement for a more relevant and inclusive economics discourse; promoting curriculum reform; promoting economic literacy and engagement with alternatives.

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