The IEJ is a progressive think tank based in South Africa

We provide rigorous economic analysis designed to arm policy-makers and the public with progressive policy options to combat the scourge of poverty, underdevelopment, and inequality in South Africa, the region and the continent.

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COVID-19 and Human Rights

Economics and Human Rights / Videos
June 24th, 2020

On 21 April 2020, President Ramaphosa announced a R500 billion COVID-19 rescue package to...

No to Austerity!

Budget and Tax Justice / Videos
February 2nd, 2019

In October 2018 South Africa appeared before the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social...

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About IEJ

The IEJ’s core objective is to provide policymakers and progressive social forces in South Africa with access to rigorous economic analysis, and well thought through policy options, as a basis for advancing systemic change.

By acting as a research and policy hub, the IEJ builds links between the research community and the labour movement, progressive civil society and activist organisations, and elements within the state and business. Our research agenda is developed in an ongoing collaboration with these social partners, and the project outputs are made accessible and appropriate for policy work. In South Africa, such an organic relationship between an economics research institute and organisations with a mass constituency is unique.


Our programmes aim to advance social justice, promote equitable economic development that realises socio-economic rights, and ensure a thriving, democratic, environmentally sustainable, and inclusive economy that places the needs of the majority at the centre.