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Special Economic Zones: Lessons for South Africa from International Evidence and Local Experience

"Special economic zones are defined as specially-demarcated geographic areas in which some aspect of the business environment, whether the quality of the infrastructure or the regulatory regime, differs from the norms prevailing in the rest of th...

Job Destruction in the South African Clothing Industry How an Alliance of Organised Labour, the State and Some Firms is Undermining Labour-Intensive Growth

"Successive government plans emphasise the need for job creation in South Africa, yet industrial and labour market policies are biased against labour-intensive growth. Nowhere is this more evident than in the clothing industry, where employment ha...

The Democratic Alternative from the South - India, Brazil, and South Africa

"In order to understand the new phenomenon of rapidly developing democracies, this project set out to examine the relationship, between political democracy, on the one hand, and inclusive economic growth on the other, in much greater detail than i...

Shared Growth and the Role of the State

"The discussion has shown that there are many key areas relating to the role of the state and growth where there is broad agreement and a strong commitment to take action and find solutions. Almost all the participants agreed that: Levels of pover...

Creating Urban Citizens: Stephen Goldsmith & America's new urbanism in the city of Indianapolis

Goldsmith commented that all the issues discussed in the review were basically focused on the following principles: safe streets, strong neighbourhoods, and a thriving economy. The organising principle was competition - described as the engine tha...

Key to Growth Supporting South Africa's Emerging Entrepreneurs

"This report reviews recent South African and international research on entrepreneurship. The research confirms that entrepreneurship plays a key role in economic development. In line with this, many government planners, journalists, academics, ci...

Going for Growth: Are AsgiSA and JIPSA bold enough?

"This report begins with summaries of the lead presentations, and then goes on to capture the main themes that emerged from the discussions.The Round Table helped to clarify a number of important issues surrounding AsgiSA. Most importantly, it h...

Young Soweto Entrepreneurs: Organising for small business advocacy

"South Africa still lags behind its developing country peers in creating sustainable and employment-creating small businesses. What can we learn from others? A key lesson from successful and dynamic economies is the importance for small businesses...

Growth in a Time of Uncertainty Does South Africa Have a Growth Plan?

"South Africa desperately needs faster economic growth. The difficult global environment and the many unknowns involved in achieving higher growth in any country make this challenging. But it is not impossible and the international climate provide...

Why Africa needs its private sector

"A key question for anyone thinking about Africa relates to whether and how its economies will expand. For most of the last decade or so, the global context has been benign for Africa because of the rise in commodities prices and falling global pr...

Cities of Hope Young People and Opportunity in South Africa’s Cities

"Historically, urbanisation has been linked with industrialisation, which has both facilitated cities’ growth and depended on it. Cities have also made possible the efficient delivery of all kinds of services — energy, water, health, education, fi...

Raising South Africa's Speed Limit

In order to understand South Africa's poor economic performance since the end of Apartheid, this study focused on key features that set South African economy apart from many other, successful countries. The very low levels of labour participation ...

Cities - Pathways to Prosperity

"We should recognise the importance of cities for growth, for jobs, for prosperity and we should allow people to exercise choice and move to cities to take advantage of the incredible opportunities that they provide. Phenomenal things have happe...

Democracy Works 2014 The Democratic Alternative from the South India, Brazil, and South Africa

In this report, the achievements of the past twenty-five years were examined, and it looked particularly at the progress made which is often not sufficiently acknowledged either within these countries or by outsiders. The problem of corruption is ...

South Africa and the Pursuit of Inclusive Growth

"This first report focuses on South Africa. It begins with a brief history of South African democracy, describing how the core features of South Africa’s democratic system were established following the transition from apartheid. The report the...

Business, Growth and Inclusion: Tackling Youth Unemployment in Cities, Towns and Townships

In this research report, CDE focuses on the 20 municipal regions with the highest number of unemployed young people and considers possible solutions that will have a significant impact in these, sometimes very different, locations. Youth unempl...

Radical Economic Transformation

In a series of short op-ed articles, Ann Bernstein examines what Radical Economic Transformation could mean for South Africa. It’s important to ask who will pay for the radical interpretation of RET. Any economic strategy that increases expropriat...

Inclusive Economic Growth

In a series of op-eds in Business Day, Ann Bernstein has called for a new approach to making South Africa’s economy more inclusive. With ultra-high levels of unemployment, the current approach is to compensate people for their exclusion rather tha...

The Growth Agenda Priorities for Mass Employment and Inclusion: Accelerating Inclusive Growth

According to the National Development Plan (NDP), the economy needs to grow at more than 5 per cent a year until 2030 if we are to achieve the goals of eliminating poverty, ensuring that 60 per cent of adults would be in work (up from about 44 per...

The Growth Agenda Priorities for Mass Employment and Inclusion: Business and Government

"The dysfunctional relationship between business and government is a key reason why the South African economy is in trouble. This document offers an analysis of this failing relationship. Its principal messages are: • A solid business-government...

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