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Economic and Development Policy

This course enhances the knowledge and capacities of government staff who are responsible for the analysis, development, implementation and monitoring of economic and development policy, with particular reference to South Africa.

Target audience

Middle and senior level managers working in government, parastatals, development think tanks and Development Finance Institutions, who want to improve their skills and refresh their knowledge in the area of economic and development policy.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this short course, participants should be able to:

  1. Apply relevant conceptual and analytical frameworks to key issues relating to economic development and policy formulation.
  2. Synthesise key trends and positions in the governance debate.
  3. Collect and analyse information with the use of statistical tools.
  4. Critique theoretical issues pertaining to the role of the state and the market in an economy.
  5. Distinguish critical issues of economic development and the debate about 'Developmental State' and its relevance for South Africa.
  6. Assess trade and industrial policy in the course of economic and industrial development.
  7. Apply theoretical and analytical tools to understand the South African economy.
  8. Reflect as practitioners on issues relating to economic development, governance and policy.
Course content
Module 1: GOVERNANCE AND POLICY

Key trends and positions in the governance debate within the themes of process, regulation and compliance.

Module 2: MANAGING INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

Foundational and operational information and communication management skills for managers in the public and development sectors through a hands-on, practical approach using statistical tools and graphics to describe, analyse and communicate information.

Module 3: ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC FINANCE

Theoretical issues pertaining to the role of the state and the market in an economy.

Module 4: POLITICAL ECONOMY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Critical issues including domestic resource allocation lessons from comparative historical experiences of economic development and the debate about 'Developmental State' and its relevance for South Africa.

Module 5: TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL POLICY

Trade and industrial policy in the course of economic and industrial development: the classic 'macroeconomic trilemma' and its implications; exchange rates and trade as industrial policy; industrial policy and employment; industrial policy and technology.

Module 6: THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIAL STRUCTURE

Theoretical and analytical tools to understand the South African economy - linkages within the domestic economy and the world.

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