Economic Performance and Development

Multidisciplinary team to lead SA's MDGs Country Report 2015

A multidisciplinary team of researchers from the HSRC will lead the drafting of Millennium Development Goals Country Report 2015, driven by Statistics South Africa.

Local is lekker: the relevance of local agricultural innovations in rural South Africa

Innovation often occurs in unexpected forms and in the least obvious places in our societies, like the informal sector. The relevance of informal innovation in rural South Africa should not be overlooked as it makes important contributions to local economies.

Successful Investment Policy Design: Framing Challenges and Opportunities of Emerging Economies

Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Sekyere , Senior Research Specialist  in the HSRC's Economic Performance and Development unit represented HSRC/AISA at the last round of the Economic POLICY Forum held in Beijing from the 3 to 8 November, 2014. Dr Owusu-Sekyere had the opportunity of chairing a number of sessions since AISA/HSRC is a founding/core member of the forum.

Unpacking the true potential of Limpopo's tourism industry

A new study has found that tourism in Limpopo contributes significantly to the national and provincial economies of South Africa, with more than 5% to Limpopo’s economy and 3% to the national economy. Selma Karuaihe, Nthabiseng Tsoanamatsie, Lebogang Mashile and Maria Molokomme relate the key findings.

Two junior researchers attend Sino-Africa rural development cooperation event

Two HSRC junior researchers, Kgabo Ramoroka and Alexandra Mhula-Links, participated in an international conference on agriculture and rural development in Nanjing, China from 21-28 September 2014. Alex and Kgabo presented papers based on new findings from the Rural Innovation Assessment Toolbox (RIAT) project.

HSRC's leading rural development researcher trains parliamentarians

Economic Performance and Development’s Dr Peter Jacobs recently contributed to a parliamentary initiative to capacitate members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Land, Agriculture, Water and Rural Development. During a two-day policy training programme for Members of Parliament on 25 and 26 September 2014, Dr Jacobs presented on the challenges and opportunities of rural development in South Africa after 20 years of democracy.

ASSAf inaugurates Prof. Ivan Turok among SA's top scholars

Prof. Ivan Turok, acting Executive Director (Economic Performance and Development) at the HSRC, was among 23 new members inaugurated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) as one of the country's top scholars earlier this week.

Medellin: from violent city to one of innovation and social cohesion

A city that has cut its murder rate ten-fold over the last 20 years and was lauded as the most innovative in the world in 2013 is worth taking seriously, writes IvanTurok. The World Urban Forum held in Medellin, Colombia, in April left an indelible impression on the 20 000 delegates who attended.

Innovation as a rural development catalyst

Slightly more than 30% of South Africa’s population resides in rural areas, which are characterised by inadequate basic services such as water, sanitation, and health and education facilities, as well as a lack of employment opportunities. More than two-thirds of the country’s rural people are poor. Raising rural living standards is therefore a top priority on the government’s agenda, as articulated in Chapter 6 of the National Development Plan.

EPD Masters intern acknowledged as leader of her generation and country

18 February 2014  | Economic Performance and Development

Makale Ngwenya, an intern in the HSRC’s Economic Performance and Development Research Programme, has been selected by One Young World as a suitable representative for the One Young World Summit in Dublin, Ireland, 15 - 19 October 2014.  Makale was selected on the basis of her capacity for leadership, concern about global issues, ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas, teamwork and evidenced commitment to volunteering and other extracurricular activities.

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