The IEJ is a Progressive Economics
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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REFA Festival 2020

Rethinking Economics for Africa (REFA) organises an annual event called the REFA Festival. This year, the REFA Festival’s theme was “practical action towards a pluralist economics curriculum”. The Festival has also come at a...


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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.

Read the @IEJ_SA & @FESonline paper that examines the possibility of a universal basic income guarantee (UBIG) in #SouthAfrica 🇿🇦. It argues that a universal unconditional #grant is preferable due to its reach and ease of administration. Access here:

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@lyn_ossome, senior research specialist @IEJ_SA will be speaking at the Collective for the Renewal of Africa (CORA) on Rethinking African Economic Development Through and Beyond #COVID19

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At the heart of the global financial system is the endless cycle of privatized gains and socialized losses. Simply put, the rich get richer, while the poor remain poor.

Our goal is to end that cycle. Sign up to the Debt Justice collection — out tomorrow.

The IEJ is looking for a Short-term Consultant. The Consultant is required to produce a written research report on the potential for localisation of the production of medical products in Africa.

Applications deadline is 16 April 2021.

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A universal basic income guarantee (UBIG) is one of the best tools available to reduce poverty & hunger. With South Africa's rising unemployment, it's necessary to provide additional social assistance.

Read our latest policy brief to find out more:

Social protection is an essential human right. Since the beginning of the pandemic, millions lost their jobs, homes and income. In our latest Economics and Human Rights factsheet we outline necessary comprehensive social protection measures

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Our projects 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.


The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a massive blow to the global economy and is plunging South Africa’s economy deeper into recession.

Budget Justice, Tax Justice and Alternatives to Austerity

 Contributing to an anti-austerity politics and just tax system, in South Africa and the continent.

Challenging Economic Orthodoxies in Africa

Contributing to a vision and concrete proposals for inclusive economies on the continent.

Climate Justice

Transforming our economy to address the climate emergency while ensuring a just transition which protects workers and communities.

Decent Minimum Wages in South Africa and the Region

Working towards fair, just and liveable wages in South Africa and across the continent.

Economics and Human Rights

Advocating for a human rights based approach for a just economy which serves the interests of the general public.

Feminist Economics

Training economists in the subdiscipline of feminist economics.

Finance for Development

Exploring the role and limits of private sector involvement in meeting infrastructural needs in South Africa and Africa and the role of state-owned enterprises.

Macroeconomic Policy for Development and Employment

Research supporting the labour movement to table macroeconomic policy alternatives, and research for the ILO on pro-employment macroeconomic policies in Africa.

Rethinking Economics

Supporting a movement for a more relevant and inclusive economics discourse; promoting curriculum reform; promoting economic literacy and engagement with alternatives.