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 Fourth 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 2017

  • Trade policy and South Africa (Module 2): Globalisation and regional economic integration

    28-30 June 2017

    This course provides participants with insights into how the world trading systems work and South Africa’s trade relationship with key regions.

    It is facilited over three modules.

    1. The first module focuses on Bilateral Trade issues (February 2017) - completed
    2. The second module focuses on South Africa's role in Regional Integration (28, 29 and 30 June 2017)
    3. The third module focuses on South Africa's role in the Multilateral system (Sept-Oct 2017)

    This course is Module 2. See brochure for details.

  • Microeconomics for non-economists

    4-5 September 2016

    A course for public sector officials whose jobs require them to interact with and/or influence the enabling environment within which private sector firms operate.

    The course is designed to assist officials who have no formal economics training to understand in a theoretically rigorous manner: how a modern economy operates and functions; how markets operate and grow; and, how firms makeinvestment, output and employment decisions. It will provide a better understand published economic research, statistical releases and media reporting thereby assisting in capacity building and knowledge development; and understand and anticipate firm and market responses to governmental actions and interventions thereby increasing the efficacy of policy and strategy development and implementation.

All workshops

Upcoming events and Announcements

  • APORDE 2017

    The 11th edition of the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 4-15 September 2017. Call for applications for participants to attend closes on 8 May 2017. For more information and details of how to apply go to call for applications.

  • Read the latest TIPS newsletter

    The latest TIPS newsletter profiles some of our recent projects including the latest Manufacturing Composite Investment Tracker; TIPS's work for the Department of Trade and Industry's agro-processing desk; and TIPS's input to the Fees Commission on fee-free higher education and training. Read more here.

  • Development Dialogue on Public Procurement and Industrial Development in South Africa

    The April TIPS Development Dialogue seminar was on public procurement and industrial development. For more information and copies of the presentations go to  Development Dialogue. Presenters: Rod Crompton, Judith Fessehaie, Simon Roberts (CCRED), Neva Makgetla, Asanda Fotoyi (TIPS). Discussant: Edwin Ritchkin

  • The Real Economy Bulletin - Fourth Quarter 2016

    The Real Economy Bulletin is a review of quarterly trends, developments and data in the real economy, together with analysis of the main manufacturing industries and key data in Excel format. Additional topics in this edition include briefing notes on scenarios for US protectionism and the 2017/8 budget and industrialisation. See The Real Economy Bulletin - Fourth Quarter 2016.

Policy Briefs

Recent Research

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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.

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.