The IEJ is a Progressive Economics
Think Tank based in South Africa.
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Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research (South Africa): Re-imagining economics in the time of Corona
South Africa is a deeply unequal country at the best of times, with an unemployment rate of 39% (including unemployed people that have given up looking for work). With the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown of the country and its...
Economic impact and responses to Covid-19 in South Africa...
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.
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.
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.
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
Supporting a movement for a more relevant and inclusive economics discourse; promoting curriculum reform; promoting economic literacy and engagement with alternatives.