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The latest news for the Development Policy Research Unit. Please go to the archive for older news articles.

New DPRU Research Fellow: Dr Alistair Ruiters
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:30

In March 2018, we welcome Dr Alistair Ruiters as a new DPRU Research Fellow. Former Director General of the DTI and Commissioner of the Competition Commission, Alistair has gone on to occupy numerous senior positions in the private sector. This affiliation will be an undoubtedly valuable asset to the DPRU's research programme, and we very much look forward to a mutually rewarding and collaborative partnership.

#Jobs4Dev Conference 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:15

Following the success of the 2016 #Jobs4Dev Conference in Washington D.C.,  IZA – Institute of Labor Economics with the World Bank Jobs Group and the Network on Jobs and Development,  will be hosting a 2-day conference at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, in May 2018.

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WEF Transformation Map: South Africa
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 13:15

The World Economic Forum’s Transformation Map on South Africa, authored and co-curated by the DPRU, is now live and accessible to the 30,000 or so Forum constituents and the 18,000 or so public users, who have signed up since the public launch in November 2017.  

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Just published: Report "2018 African Economic Outlook (AEO)"
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 08:15

Just published: The African Economic Outlook, bridging a critical knowledge gap on the diverse socio-economic realities of African economies through regular, rigorous, and comparative analysis. It provides short-to-medium term forecasts on the evolution of key macroeconomic indicators for all 54 regional member countries, as well as analysis on the state of socio-economic challenges and progress made in each country.

Message from Prof H Bhorat: Illegal use of my name
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 16:00

I have recently been alerted that my name is being used in in an unauthorised and illegal way. There is a scam letter being circulated with a Mr Haroon Bhorat named as the contact person. I can emphatically confirm that I am not involved in any of the transactions or dealings noted in this fraudulent letter.

Call for Papers: 1st IZA/World Bank/NJD Conference on Jobs and Development
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:30

Please submit full papers or extended abstracts by January 15, 2018 using the online application form. Notifications on contributed papers will be sent by February 15, 2018.

International Anti-Corruption Day - 9 December 2017
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 15:30

Ahead of International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2017, we’re highlighting the #BetrayalReport, compiled by the State Capacity Research Group, contributing to the public debate about ‘state capture’ in South Africa.

Launch: South-South Global Thinkers
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 08:15

As a core member of GReCEST, the DPRU has been invited to join the Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks for South-South Cooperation, launching the South-South Global Thinkers online platform on 30 November 2017. 

Just published: Report "Industrialize Africa - Strategies, Policies, Institutions and Financing"
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 08:15

Just published: launched ahead of #AfricaIndustrializationDay, a new AfDB report, with DPRU Director Prof Haroon Bhorat and DPRU researchers Francois Steenkamp and Chris Rooney as co-authors, calls for the industrialization of the continent, with a focus on smart industrial policy, structural transformations and a move towards processing the continent's raw materials into value added products.

Statement by Civil Society Organisations on the Integrity of the Budget Process
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 08:15

Important statement by South African civil society organisations on the integrity of the budget process.

Income Inequality Trends in SSA: WB Africa Economics Seminar Series
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 08:15

Haroon Bhorat, DPRU Director, spoke about current inequality in Africa and some of its drivers, as part of the Africa Economics Seminar Series at the World Bank, in Washington D.C., on 14 November 2017.

VIDEO: 27 June 2017: UCT Panel Discussion on State Capture and the Emergence of a Shadow State in SA
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 08:15

The Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU), in conjunction with the University of Cape Town’s Faculties of Commerce and Law and Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at Stellenbosch University, hosted a panel discussion focusing on the recently published report titled “Betrayal of the Promise: How South Africa is Being Stolen”, on 27th June 2017.