Development Dialogue Seminars

The Development Dialogue Seminar is a seminar series hosted by TIPS. The seminars offer a platform to share views and ideas on specific development issues and alternative policy strategies.

Though the seminar programme has been designed for government officials for whom the themes tackled are of relevance, the seminars fact focuses on a wide range of topical development issues. The themes covered span the informal economy to specific trade negotiation challenges. The seminars also attempts to offer perspectives from other countries in the region and beyond.

Who can attend?

Government officials and others who contribute to policy are targeted by the seminar series but all are welcome, though places are limited.

If you would like to attend please contact Rozale Sewduth at Please specify food allergies if any, as a light lunch will be served prior to the seminar.

  • Date Thursday, 14 June 2012
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy St, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Evans Chinembiri & Mbofholowo Tsedu
As Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) gain popularity as social safety nets the world over, there is very little that speaks to the problem of measuring their impact on local economic development (LED), yet this is a key part of the policy case for programmes such as the Community Work Programme…

  • Date Friday, 01 June 2012
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Entrance at the Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Ellen Hagerman, Glen Robbins
Ellen Hagerman has nearly 10 years of experience working on regional economic development issues including trade, infrastructure, food security and governance. She has worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for 13 years as a Program Manager and Senior Analyst and has covered a diversity of other issues including…

  • Date Monday, 28 May 2012
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Entrance at the Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Francis Fay
Francis Fay is Deputy Head of Unit in DG Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, in the unit for Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific, G20/G8 and FAO. He has been closely associated with the development of agricultural product quality policy, including the protection in the EU of geographical…

  • Date Friday, 30 March 2012
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Entrance at the Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Robert Kirk
Dr. Robert Kirk is Senior Vice President at AECOM International Development and was until recently the Chief of Party at the Southern African Trade Hub. Robert, who is an expert in the area of trade policy analysis, has extensive experience in regional trade policy. He was formerly a policy advisor…

  • Date Monday, 26 March 2012
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Entrance at the Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Wouter Schalken
Wouter Schalken is a Namibian based researcher specialized in a number of areas around strategic tourism planning, analysis and development. Wouter has worked for a number of development agencies (such as the UNDP, SIDA, USAID, the GTZ, the World Bank and UNESCO amongst others) at project-specific, national and regional levels.…

  • Date Tuesday, 13 March 2012
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Hamid Rashid
  • Organisation United Nations Department of Economic Affairs
Hamid Rashid is Senior Adviser for Macroeconomic Policy in Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations. He leads a new UN initiative to provide alternative and credible policy advice to the Member States on fiscal, monetary and exchange rate related issues. The macroeconomic policy advice of…

  • Date Friday, 27 January 2012
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Mmatlou Kalaba
About the Presenter: Mmatlou Kalaba a research fellow at TIPS, specialising in trade research. He also carries out TIPS' capacity-building initiatives in the Southern African region, providing training courses on applied analytical and methodological tools. He currently holds a position in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of…

  • Date Friday, 11 November 2011
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Peter Draper, Dianna Games
  • Organisation SAIIA, TIPS
South Africa's economic dominance in Africa and in the southern African region is an accepted fact but its role in the continent has long been contested. South Africa's member ship of the G20 brought with it expectations from some quarters that it would represent Africa within that grouping. The recent…

  • Date Tuesday, 18 October 2011
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Trudi Hartzenberg is the Executive Director of the Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa (tralac). She is an economist specialised in trade, industrial and competition policy, regional integration andindustrial organisation. She has taught at a number of Universities in South Africa as well as abroad in Denmark. She has worked on assignment for a number of international institutions including the IMF, African Development Bank and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
    Lesley Wentworth has worked for over a decade on research and technical assistance in the area of FDI marketing and promotion. After several years at the World Bank agency, MIGA, she returned to South Africa and has worked as an independent consultant on socio-economic development projects, particularly in Africa.
Competition policy is playing an increasingly significant role in the trade and investment environment in South Africa. According to a 2010 IMF report, there is a high degree of product market restrictiveness in South Africa that is partly exacerbated by anti-competitive behaviour in the markets. This is regarded as being…

  • Date Monday, 06 June 2011
  • Venue TIPS Office - 826 Government Avenue - Arcadia - PTA
  • Main Speakers Prof. James Manor
  • Organisation TIPS
In 2005, India introduced the world's first employment guarantee, creating new meaning for the concept of a right to work. This is achieved through the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, established through an act of parliament (NREGA), which gives every rural household the right to demand 100 days of employment…

  • Date Tuesday, 16 November 2010
  • Main Speakers Stephen Gelb
Introduction China became South Africa's biggest trading partner in 2009, when total trade between the two countries amounted to US$14.1 billion (ZAR119.5 billion). China's appearance at the top of the rankings was partly due to the global recession, which affected trade levels of the industrialised countries far more than those…

  • Date Tuesday, 12 April 2011
  • Venue 826 Government Ave, Corner of Percy, Arcadia, Pretoria
Dr Lederman will present his recent research piece prepared with William F. Maloney, Lead Economist from the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank.  Dr Maloney has published extensively on issues related to international trade and finance, informality, developing country labour markets, innovation and growth. Dr Lederman will be…

  • Date Friday, 25 March 2011
  • Venue TIPS Boardroom - 826 Government Ave, Arcadia, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Stephen Timm, Mike Herrington
The discussion will draw on information gathered on a face to face basis by Stephen Timm from entrepreneurs and government agencies in Brazil, India and South Africa in 2010. The discussion will focus on the following issues: How can business support, a culture of entrepreneurship, market support (set-asides) and finance…

  • Date Friday, 12 August 2011
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Willam Mbuta, Trudi Hartzenberg & Paul Kruger
William Mbuta was the Science and Technology Development Officer at the National Science and Technology Council of Zambia before becoming assistant general manager in the area of policy research at a Chamber of Mines; he them worked at the SADC Secretariat where he was Programme Officer – Industrial Policy at…

  • Date Friday, 21 January 2011
  • Venue 826 Government Ave, Arcadia, Pretoria
Jennifer Widner is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for International Peace Justice at Princeton University. Before joining Princeton in 2004, she was Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and…

  • Date Monday, 20 September 2010
  • Venue 826 Government Ave, Arcadia, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Brent Cloete: Peet du Plooy
  • Organisation TIPS
Brent Cloete from DNA Economics will discuss the motivation for a carbon tax, its history around the world, its likely economic, social and environmental impacts and the considerations for an optimal tax design. Peet du Plooy from TIPS will then consider the role that a carbon tax could potentially play…

  • Date Friday, 07 May 2010
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Dr. Matthew Stern and Prof. Roman Grynberg
  • Organisation TIPS
Dr. Matthew Stern & Prof. Roman Grynberg The SACU Revenue Sharing Formula: Looking Backwards & Thinking Forwards Chair: Xavier Carim, ITED (the DTI)   Xavier Carim is deputy director-general of International Trade & Economic Development at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). He was previously chief director in the ITED division…

  • Date Friday, 23 April 2010
  • Venue TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers Johann Fedderke
  • Organisation TIPS
  Professor Johann Fedderke Sustainable Growth in South Africa Chair: Alan Hirsch, The Presidency   About Professor Johann Fedderke Johann Fedderke is a Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He holds the Helen Suzman Chair in Political Economy and a position in the Business School at the University of the Witwatersrand. He…

  • Date Friday, 16 April 2010
  • Venue TIPS, 826 Government Avenue, Pretoria (Entrance in Percy Street)
  • Organisation TIPS
Professor Medhi Shafaeddin Experience of South-South Regionalism: The Case of East and South East Asia   About Professor Medhi Shafaeddin Professor Mehdi Shafaeddin is a development economist and holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University. He is currently an international consultant affiliated to the Institute of Economic Research, University of Neuchâtel,…

  • Date Friday, 24 July 2009
Johan Fourie Tourism from a Trade Perspective: Sources of Comparative Advantages and Implications for South Africa and the Region About Johan Fourie Johan Fourie is lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University.  Johan is currently pursuing his PhD in Economic History at Utrecht University.  His interests are wide…
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