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#GAP webinar featuring Prof Haroon Bhorat: 16 Oct 2020
Fri, 16 Oct 2020 - 12:00

Prof. Haroon Bhorat, DPRU Director, recently presented at the "Lockdown Economics: Will the Economic Recovery Plan Work?" webinar, hosted by The Brenthurst Foundation and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. 

Just Published: Social Assistance Amidst the Covid-19 Epidemic in South Africa: An Impact Assessment
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 - 12:00

Authored by Haroon Bhorat, Morné Oosthuizen and Ben Stanwix, this new DPRU working paper emphasises that social assistance to mitigate the consequences of Covid-19 should not be viewed necessarily as a standard poverty reduction exercise, but rather as an attempt to mitigate Covid-related income shocks for the vulnerable who were most negatively affected by the pandemic.

Prof Ravi Kanbur: TB Davie Memoral Lecture 2020
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 - 12:00

Prof. Ravi Kanbur presented a memorable TB Davie Memorial Lecture yesterday, on ‘Economic Inequality and Academic Freedom’. Nominated to be this year's speaker by Prof. Haroon Bhorat, DPRU Director, Ravi (who is a long-time research collaborator of the Unit, and a prolific co-author too), focused on the role of economic resources in determining opportunities in academic education and research, i.e. freedom in the positive sense.

Just Published: Covid-19, social protection, and the labour market in South Africa. Are social grants being targeted at the most vulnerable?
Wed, 15 Jul 2020 - 12:00

Authored by Haroon Bhorat and Tim Köhler, a new NIDS-CRAM Wave 1 Working Paper being published today, is titled "Covid-19, social protection, and the labour market in South Africa. Are social grants being targeted at the most vulnerable?".

RFP: Public Sector Furniture
Wed, 24 Jun 2020 - 14:00

Development of Public Sector Furniture Technical Procurement Guideline/Specification for South Africa

RFP: Reporting by Business on Executive Pay Ratios
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 - 14:00

Inviting bids to conduct a research study on the Reporting by Business on Executive Pay Ratios.

RFP: Job Creation in the Primary Agricultural Sector
Mon, 08 Jun 2020 - 13:30

Inviting bids to establish future-proof approaches to job creation in the primary agricultural sector in line with the National Development Plan targets.

Call for Applications: The IGP Panel of Researchers and Related Professionals - June 2020
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 - 16:00

Call for applications: Appointment of a Panel of pre-qualified researchers & related professionals to provide consultancy services to the Inclusive Growth Programme (IGP).

Just Published: The Economics of Covid-19 in SA: Early Impressions
Thu, 28 May 2020 - 10:00

Authored by Haroon Bhorat, Tim Köhler, Morné Oosthuizen, Ben Stanwix, François Steenkamp and Amy Thornton, this new working paper brings together a set of early impressions on the economics of the pandemic in South Africa, focused on several areas that are of key concern.

KAS/Kaya FM Podcast: COVID-19 and Economic Justice
Mon, 11 May 2020 - 12:00

Prof. Haroon Bhorat, DPRU Director, has been invited to participate as a guest speaker in the first Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in partnership with Kaya FM 95.9 podcast which will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and “Economic Justice”, live this Wednesday, 13 May 2020 @ 10am.

IEA – RES Policy Webinar: Developing Nations and COVID-19
Tue, 21 Apr 2020 - 12:00

Featuring DPRU Director Haroon Bhorat as one of the invited speakers, the webinar is scheduled for Thurs 23 April 2020, at 10:30 New York | 15:30 London | 16:30 Cape Town time

PhD: Applications Open
Wed, 11 Mar 2020 - 12:00

PhD bursaries for South African students within the fields of poverty, inequality, and labour markets: March 2020