TIPS is a not-for-profit economic research organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa. TIPS has three main focus areas: trade and industrial policy, sustainable growth, and inequality and economic inclusion. TIPS undertakes research and analysis, and facilitates policy development, dialogue and capacity building.

Real Economy Bulletin

The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries and key data. The First Quarter 2016 and Annual Provincial Review 2016 are now out.

Development Dialogue

The Development Dialogue Seminars, hosted by TIPS, offer a platform to share views and ideas on development issues and alternative policy strategies.

Training Workshops 2016

  • Macroeconomics for Policymakers

    22-24 August 2016
    Reviews the impacts of macroeconomic policies in South Africa and other countries in the context of an increasingly integrated and globalised economy where the role of international finance has significantly grown.

  • Value Chains

    31 August - 1 September 2016
    The aim of this workshop is to build research and policy capabilities in the South African government to better understand the dynamics of value chains and in so doing, to contribute to employment growth and productivity enhancement through upgrading.

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Working at TIPS


TIPS offers internships to qualified people to gain professional experience in the economic policy field in South Africa and the continent.
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Small Grant Research Papers

TIPS offers small research grants of up to R16 500 to students in South Africa at the Masters level. Students from outside South Africa would be considered in exceptional cases.

Economic Conferences

In addition to planning the Annual Forum, the TIPS Event Management Team can also be commissioned to plan and manage external economic conferences and events.